Former Gamecock Hampton signs with Bengals

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - It happened a month later than Victor Hampton had hoped, but he has now signed on with an NFL team.

The former South Carolina defensive back signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, more than one month after being projected as a mid-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Hampton announced the signing via his Twitter account with a picture of himself wearing a Bengals cap and signing a contract. His agent also confirmed the signing.


Home sweet home been along time coming kept the faith kept grinding now time to work what it do," Hampton said in the tweet.

After Hampton went undrafted and then failed to catch on with any teams through a free-agent deal in the days immediately following the draft, many critics pointed to character issues that have dogged him since high school.

Hampton and former Gamecock teammate Kelcy Quarles, who also went undrafted but signed with the Giants, were wanted for questioning by New York City police after a nightclub fight shortly before the draft. Both were ultimately cleared. Hampton also had a run-in with the law after an argument with his sister at a Columbia home in early April.

The Giants had also recently shown interest in Hampton before he signed on with the Bengals.