He comes to Cincinnati after having spent the past two seasons with the Dolphins. When Miami didn't extend the restricted free agent a tender by the deadline earlier this month, he was free to hit the open market.
A 2010 seventh-round draft selection out of Utah, Stanford spent his first two seasons in Carolina before being claimed on waivers by the Dolphins in 2012. He appeared in every game for Miami that season, and was in all but three in 2013. An ankle injury limited him the final three games of the season. While playing gunner on the punt-coverage teams, he ended up tied for sixth on the Dolphins' special-teams units with five tackles last season. He had 15 playing defense the year before.
Stanford's arrival comes nearly three weeks after the Bengals lost backup cornerback Brandon Ghee to San Diego. The oft-injured defender was an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Chargers during the first week of free agency.
In addition to replacing Ghee on the cornerback depth chart, Stanford also can give the Bengals a presence at gunner after losing Andrew Hawkins last week. The receiver who also participated on special teams signed with the Browns after the Bengals declined to match an offer sheet from Cleveland.
Stanford has appeared in 41 career games, with 27 tackles on defense and 12 on special teams. He also has one interception that he returned 53 yards.