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Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Bengals change punters, sign Richardson


CINCINNATI -- The Bengals changed punters on Tuesday, signing Kyle Richardson to a two-year contract that reunited him with head coach Marvin Lewis.

Richardson was the punter in Baltimore from 1998-2001, when Lewis was the Ravens' defensive coordinator. Richardson is adept and dropping punts inside the 20-yard line.

The Bengals waived Nick Harris, who was last in the AFC with a 30-yard net average per punt. His 29-yard punt into the wind in overtime Sunday set up Buffalo's winning touchdown drive for a 22-16 victory.

The Bengals (1-4) claimed Harris off waivers from Denver before the 2001 season. He averaged 40.1 yards per punt in each of his first two seasons in Cincinnati, then beat out Travis Dorsch in training camp to keep his job.

Richardson helped Lewis' defense in Baltimore by dropping 39 punts inside the 20-yard line in 1999. He left for Minnesota as a free agent for the 2002 season. He was in training camp with Philadelphia this year, but was released on Aug. 24.