(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Former Northwest Missouri State defensive end Travis Chappelear has officially made his way to the NFL.
The undrafted free agent agreed to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals shortly after the NFL Draft ended.
Chappelear had 62 tackles -- eight of them for loss -- and one and a half sacks in his senior season.
He transferred to Northwest from Missouri State prior to the 2011 season.
The 6-foot-5, 275 pound defensive end ran a 4.7 second 40-yard dash, and put up an impressive 38 reps on the bench press at his pro day. He also had a private workout with a scout from the New England Patriots before the draft.
Chappelear joins a defense that was sixth in the NFL last season giving up just 320 yards per game.
The Bengals currently have six other defensive ends on the roster, including former first round pick Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers and former Chief Wallace Gilberry.