The Bengals announced the released of CB Keiwan Ratliff yesterday, Ratliff came into the season on the bubble so this is not a huge surprise but it does speak to yet another Bengals draft failure. He became the highest draft choice released in the Marvin Lewis era. Ratliff was taken at the 49th player overall in 2004 and never really panned out for the Bengals. During his three seasons as a Bengal Ratliff seemed to regress more than anything, as his 2005 season was his best by far. He had 40 tackles and 3 Interceptions that year and since then has not been anywhere near those numbers.
Ratliff spent some time returning punts during his career and was never very effective doing so. He averaged only 7 yards a return and never took a punt to the house and had only 3 returns for over 20 yards.
To take the roster spot of Ratliff, the Bengals signed special teams man Blue Adams, who is a former Cincinnati Bearcat to a two year deal. Adams played for Jacksonville as a rookie in 2003, did not play in ’04, and played for Tampa Bay in 2005-06. He played in all 16 of his 37 NFL games for Tampa Bay in ’06, ranking third on the team with those 19 special teams tackles.