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Bengals Bring Back Brandon Tate. Doesn’t Guarantee He’ll Make 53-Man Roster


Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) returns a punt during the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

After the Bengals missed out on Te Ginn Jr., re-signing Brandon Tate immediately became the next best alternative to the team and they didn’t take long to make it happen. Geoff Hobson reported earlier this week that Tate was on the radar and today the club made it official, re-signing Tate to a one-year deal.

In 2012, Tate returned 32 kicks in 2012 for an average 24.8 yards/return, which is tied with Bernard Jackson for fifth in franchise history during a single-season. He doesn’t offer much as a receiving threat though, registering just 13 receptions for 211 yards in 2012.

This doesn’t guarantee Tate will be on the opening 53-man roster. A one-year deal means he’ll be expendable to say the least, and if the team can find an adequate returner in the NFL Draft who outperforms Tate in training camp and through the preseason, Tate may be one of the final cuts before the opening game.

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