The Bengals announced Monday that they have re-signed wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate as an
unrestricted free agent.
Tate is a fifth-year NFL player in 2013, entering
his third season with the Bengals. Last season, he caught 13 passes for 211
yards and a touchdown, averaged 24.8 yards on 32 kickoff returns and averaged
8.9 yards on 21 punt returns. He has a Bengals career average of 10.1 yards on
punt returns, currently tops in club history.
"Brandon has excellent tools, especially great speed, and he can continue to
help is both on offense and special teams," said Darrin Simmons, Bengals
special teams coordinator. "He's a hard worker and a good team player. We're
glad to have him back."
Tate, who began his NFL career with New England, has 37 career receptions for
643 yards and four TDs. He had two kickoff returns for TDs with the Patriots
and has had one punt return TD for Cincinnati.
Tate is the 10th player from the 2012 Bengals roster who had been eligible for
unrestricted free agency but has re-signed with Cincinnati. Re-signing
previously were DE Robert Geathers, DE Wallace Gilberry, LS Clark Harris, DE
Michael Johnson, P Kevin Huber, LB Rey Maualuga, K Mike Nugent, TE Richard
Quinn and OT Dennis Roland.
The Bengals have also signed one UFA from another
club, QB Josh Johnson (last with Cleveland).