Cincinnati Bengals: First Free Agent to Resign
The Bengals re-signed WR Brandon Tate earlier today. Tate has been with the team since 2011. He has primarily been a punt returner for the Bengals, and rarely sees time on the offensive side of the ball. Last season, Tate returned 27 punts for a total of 171 yards, the least in his tenure with Cincinnati. Although, Tate did catch two passes last season, one being a 55 yard touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. Tate spent two seasons with the New England Patriots before joining the Bengals, and has recorded 57 receptions for 901 yards and 6 touchdowns in his career.
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The signing of Tate is intriguing because they have yet to re-sign Marvin Jones or Mohamed Sanu, who both see time at WR over Tate. This can probably be taken as an indicator the team does not plan on back Jones or Sanu to the team for 2016 season. The Bengals may have plans for Tate to play the slot while A.J. Green plays outside, and Tight End Tyler Eifert opens up the middle of the field.
This signing is leaving Bengals fans scratching their heads, as the team has more important free agents to address than Tate. The team has 7 starters with expired contracts, and they decide to re-sign Tate over guys like George Iloka, Reggie Nelson, and Adam “Pacman” Jones.
No details about Tate’s contract have been released.