Garrison Hearst didn't stay unemployed for long.
Hearst, the running back drafted third overall in 1993 by Phoenix but waived Tuesday, was claimed Wednesday by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hearst gained 1,070 yards last season, and will serve as insurance for 1995 No. 1 overall pick Ki-Jana Carter, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Hearst's agent, Pat Dye Jr., said he was surprised the Bengals claimed his client.
"I was just surprised anyone would pick him up, because when I looked at the teams that had the money to pick him up, they didn't need a running back, and the ones that needed one didn't have the money," Dye said.
In another big move Tuesday, Pete Stoyanovich became another veteran Jimmy Johnson considered expendable.
Stoyanovich became the latest Miami veteran dumped by Johnson, getting traded to Kansas City for an undisclosed draft choice. His replacement is Joe Nedney, a second-year man from San Jose State, who kicked a 48-yard field goal in the rain Monday night. Stoyanovich hit the upright from 42 yards away.
"I kind of saw things coming," said Stoyanovich, the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history. "There will always be a place in my heart for South Florida. It's been a great thrill."
Stoyanovich fills an obvious void. Kansas City, which had a league-best 13-3 record last season, lost its first playoff game to Indianapolis 10-7 when Lin Elliott missed three field goals. Bjorn Nittmo is the Chiefs' current kicker.
Johnson, who has released a half-dozen veterans in his first training camp since taking over from Don Shula in January, said the difference between Stoyanovich and Nedney was the length of Nedney's kickoffs.
"Pete can kick off the ball as well, but not as long as Joe," Johnson said.
But salary may also have had a lot to do with it. Stoyanovich makes about $800,000 a year, saving the Dolphins about $200,000 under the salary cap.
Meanwhile, in Charlotte, N.C., North Augusta's Matt Campbell has evidently earned the starting role at left tackle for the Panthers.
"We're trying to get our best five offensive linemen on the field and we felt, based on Matt Campbell's training camp, he was one of our best five," said Panthers coach Dom Capers. "Putting Greg Skrepenak in at right guard gives us a big, physical guard-tackle combination over on that right side."
Campbell, a converted tight end, allowed the Panthers to shift Blake Brockermeyer to right tackle and encourage Skrepenak to shift to right guard.
The Panthers complete the preseason on Friday at the New York Giants and open the regular season on Sept. 1 at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
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