Former Kansas operating again Pooka Williams has agreed to phrases with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
Williams was not chosen on this 12 months’s NFL draft. In three years with the Jayhawks, he appeared in 26 video games and rushed for two,382 yards and scored 12 touchdowns.
Williams served a one-game suspension in 2019 in opposition to Indiana State after he was charged with misdemeanor home battery in 2018. In accordance with the Lawrence Journal-World, Williams punched a lady within the abdomen and grabbed her throat. Williams initially pled not responsible, in keeping with the Kansas newspaper, earlier than he later signed a diversion settlement in March 2019 to keep away from a prison conviction.
The phrases of the settlement had been reportedly an evaluation, an anger administration course and 40 hours of group service. He was suspended for seven months earlier than he was later reinstated by the college.
“My habits was unacceptable, and I am very sorry to those that had been impacted by my poor decisions,” Williams mentioned in a press release launched by the college on the time.
That season, Williams performed in 11 video games, dashing for greater than 1,000 yards for the second straight season. The New Orleans native performed in 4 video games in 2020 and was given an invite to the NFL’s digital scouting mix.
The transaction comes 4 years after the Bengals drafted operating again Joe Mixon out of Oklahoma. Mixon pled responsible to assault for the same incident involving violence in opposition to a lady. Mixon has spent the previous 4 seasons with the Bengals and in 2020, he signed a four-year extension price $48 million.
The Bengals didn’t subject a touch upon Saturday about Williams, citing a staff coverage of withholding feedback on gamers till they’ve formally signed contracts with the franchise. Williams tentatively joins sixth-round choose Chris Evans as new operating backs added this weekend.
“I am trying ahead to attending to work and respect the Bengals giving me the chance to return compete,” Williams mentioned in a press release supplied to ESPN. “I promise they will not remorse it.”