Payton award winner Meyer to sign with Bengals

Updated: May 1, 2006, 2:17 AM ET
Associated Press

CHENEY, Wash. -- Former Eastern Washington quarterback Erik Meyer is expected to sign as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals, his agent said Sunday night.

Agent Scott Smith said Meyer was contacted Sunday by Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese and asked to join the NFL team.

"Like every other college football player, the NFL has been a dream of mine," Meyer said in a statement released by EWU.

"Erik has tremendous talent, and the Bengals will be pleased to see him in camp," Smith said.

"Sometimes it's better to be a free agent rather than be drafted in the late rounds," EWU head coach Paul Wulff said.

Meyer, from La Mirada, Calif., won the 2005 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA. He passed for 4,003 yards and 30 touchdowns, with five interceptions, as a senior.

En route to earning its second-straight Big Sky co-championship and berth in the Division I-AA playoffs, EWU finished the season 7-5. Meyer was named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

The mobile 6-2, 210-pounder finished his college career with 10,261 passing yards, with 84 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

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