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Former Penn State Standout SS Nick Scott Signs with Bengals in Free Agency

INGLEWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Los Angeles Rams Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) and Los Angeles Rams Safety Nick Scott (33) break up a pass in the end zone intended for Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Tee Higgins (85) in the first half during Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

On Friday, former Los Angeles Rams and Penn State safety Nick Scott agreed to a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, per ESPN insider Adam Schefter.

The deal is for three years and $12 million in total money.

Scott, 27, went in the seventh round, pick No. 243 overall by the Rams out of Penn State in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Scott was an underrated piece in the Rams Super Bowl LVI run, where they beat Scotts’ new team, the Bengals. Scott stepped in as a starter late in the regular season after an injury to starting strong safety Jordan Fuller.

Scott became the full-time starter for the 2022 season when he recorded 86 tackles (56 solo), five pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a tackle for loss.

Scott converted from running back to defensive back at Penn State as he fully developed into a starting-caliber safety in his senior year in 2018 when he recorded 65 tackles (30 solo), three interceptions, and a sack.

Scott will be expected to start for Cincinnati as both starting safeties Jessie Bates (signed with Atlanta Falcons) and Von Bell (signed with Carolina Panthers) have moved on in free agency.

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