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Bengals claim QB Krenzel off waivers

CINCINNATI (June 20, 2005) -- The Cincinnati Bengals claimed quarterback Craig Krenzel off waivers from the Chicago Bears, bringing him back to the state where he won a national championship in college.

Krenzel, a fifth-round draft pick in 2004 out of Ohio State, appeared in six games last year and became the first Bears quarterback in nearly 40 years to start his career with three straight victories. But he lost his last two starts and Chicago waived him last week.

Last year, Krenzel was 59 for 127 for 718 yards. He threw three touchdowns and six interceptions.

He was a two-year starter at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to a 14-0 record and the national championship in 2002.

The Bengals also waived linebacker Khalid Abdullah and defensive tackle Terrance Martin. Abdullah, the Bengals' fifth-round draft pick in 2003, played in 16 games as a rookie but missed last season with an ankle injury.

Martin played in two games for the Bengals last season.

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