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South Brunswick’s Mohamed Sanu Bailing On Cincinnati Bengals For Five-Year Atlanta Falcons Deal

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Mohamed Sanu during a recent visit to SBHS. Credits: Charles W. Kim
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ATLANTA, GA – Star South Brunswick High School and Rutgers football alumnus Mohamed Sanu is trading in his Bengals claws for Atlanta Falcons talons.

Sanu, who became a free agent this year after spending four years as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, only took 24 hours to find a new home and a reported five-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, that team reported Thursday afternoon.

“We hoped to get him signed,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said during a telephone press conference Wednesday. “I think it’s a terrific fit.”

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Quinn was addressing the media as he anticipated a visit by Sanu to the club on Wednesday, the first day of his free agency.

Sanu, a standout star for the Vikings, went on to play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, starting in 37 of 38 games and catching a Big East record 210 passes for 2,263 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He was a third round pick by the Bengals in 2011 where he played 57 games with 34 starts.

Sanu brought in 152 receptions for 1,793 receiving yards with 11 touchdowns as well as rushing for two touchdowns last year, a first for a wide receiver on that team.

The 6’ 2,” 210 pounder is also a danger in a wildcat formation, obtaining a perfect passing rating with the Bengals, including an opening pass touchdown in one of his early seasons.

Sanu is a familiar site around the football field during the season as he comes home when he gets the chance to see his Vikings play.

His nephew, senior Mohamad Jabbie also signed a scholarship with Rutgers earlier this year.

There was some speculation that Sanu may have been courted by both the New York Giants and the New York Jets, both teams in need of another set of sure hands in the secondary.

Earlier this month, Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said the team would like to have Sanu back, but the decision would be up to the NFL star.

For the Bengals, Sanu played most of the time as a third-string receiver in the shadow of A.J. Green.

He did, however, have a breakout season in 2014 when Green was injured and quarterback Andy Dalton picked his number more often.

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