Bengals Claim QB Dan LeFevour Off Waivers

The Cincinnati Bengals have claimed rookie quarterback Dan LeFevour off waivers from the Chicago Bears, reports Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Veteran quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan has been released, likely resulting in Carson Palmer being backed up by his younger Jordan Palmer to start the 2010 regular season.

LeFevour, the 181st overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Central Michigan, received a four-year contract worth $1.897 million, and will earn $320,000 in base salary this season.

The 6-3, 230-pound LeFevour completed 19-of-41 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception during the pre-season, adding 38 yards on 5 runs. The Bears signed veteran Todd Collins to back-up Jay Cutler this season, and decided to stick with Caleb Hanie as their developmental quarterback on the 53-man roster.

In college, LeFevour completed 66.4% of his passes for 12,905 yards, 102 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. LeFevour also ran for 2,948 yards and 47 touchdowns, topping 1,100 yards during his sophomore season. A spread quarterback, LeFevour is still learning to take snaps from center and on his mechanics to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.

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