Former Florida State running back James Wilder, Jr. has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a tweet he sent moments ago (see below). Wilder was a highly sought-after recruit who came to FSU as a coveted athlete capable of playing either linebacker or running back. The latter became reality, and Wilder emerged as a fierce power back who provided a nice contrast to the shifty Devonta Freeman, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons.
Wilder rushed 81 times for 563 yards in the Seminoles’ 2013 Championship season, averaging an impressive seven yards per carry and finding the end zone eight times.
After running a disappointing 4.86 40 at the NFL Combine, Wilder slimmed down and bettered that with a 4.53 at FSU’s Pro Day. He has a pro body and great bloodlines, as his father was also an NFL RB, but he’ll need to clean up his off-the-field issues: Wilder has been arrested four times in the last two years.
I’m proud to announce that I’m apart of the bengals family and to be able to call Cincinnati my new… http://t.co/2O99a2US1W
— James Wilder Jr (@IAm_Wilder32) May 11, 2014