Weber enters his second Bengals training camp in 2012 ... First signed with Bengals as college free agent as 2011 camp began ... Waived at conclusion of preseason, and re-signed on 1-6-12 to Bengals offseason roster.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati on 7-28-11 as college free agent ... Waived on 9-3-11 ... Signed with Bengals to Bengals offseason roster on 1-6-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Signed with Cincinnati on July 28 as college free agent ... Played in all four preseason games, used on kickoffs and PATs (two-for-two), with no field goal attempts ... Waived on Sept. 3 ... Will be on Bengals offseason roster as 2012 league year begins, after signing on 1-6-12 to Reserve/Future list.
COLLEGE: Kicked in 45 games over four seasons (2007-10) at Arizona State and closed his career as second in school history in scoring (340) ... Connected on 78.2 percent of his FG tries (68 of 87) ... Opened his career in 2007 by becoming first freshman to win Lou Groza Award (nation’s top kicker), making 24 of 25 FG tries and scoring 119 points ... Four-for-four on his career in FG tries from 50-plus yards, and set a school record for consecutive made FGs (17) in 2007.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Downey, Calif. (suburban Los Angeles) ... Attended Loyola High School ... Earned degrees from Arizona State in kinesiology and business marketing ... Four-time member of Academic All-Pac-10 team ... Was 2011 recipient of a postgraduate scholarship from National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Weber did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that year.
The Bengals are hoping to keep a few of their own this season in free agency, like middle backer Rey Maualuga. The model for what they do this March might be what they did three years ago.
Everyone saw it coming, but it still didn’t make it any easier Friday when the Bengals released one of their more versatile players and valued leaders across the defensive front and around the locker room in 11-year veteran Robert Geathers.