The Cincinnati Bengals made another move to shore up their secondary Monday, trading DT Clinton McDonald to Seattle for CB Kelly Jennings. With Adam "PacMan" Jones likely to begin the season on the PUP list recovering from neck surgery, Jennings gives the Bengals another veteran presence at corner who can play in nickel situations or start if necessary.
Jennings becomes the fifth first round draft pick for the Bengals' secondary. The Seahawks made him their top choice in the 2006 draft. Jennings has been a starter his entire NFL career, missing only two games. He is known for having tremendous speed, but questionable ball skills.
McDonald was a 2009 seventh round pick for the Bengals and led the team with 10 tackles thus far in preseason. But with Pat Sims set to return and Geno Atkins already starting at DT, McDonald was expendable. Marvin Lewis alluded to that fact after practice today, saying that although he hated to lose McDonald, the Bengals essentially traded from a position of wealth to address a position of need on the defense.
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