- Coley Harvey, ESPN Staff Writer
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For the second time in less than a week, the Cincinnati Bengals signed back another defensive player who spent a year away.
Cornerback Brandon Ghee, a 2010 Bengals third-round draft pick, signed a second deal with Cincinnati on Thursday following a season spent playing for San Diego and Tennessee. He rejoins the Bengals along with defensive end Michael Johnson, who signed a four-year, $20 million deal on Sunday after spending the past year in Tampa Bay.
Ghee was part of the Bengals' defensive backfield from 2010-13 before signing with San Diego as an unrestricted free agent last March. He was cut from the Chargers at the end of training camp, and then signed with Tennessee in October. He spent the better part of two months with the Titans before they released him, too.
In six games with the Titans, Ghee had three tackles and an interception.
His arrival appears a clear sign the Bengals are attempting to shore up the back end of their defensive backfield as free agency continues. It's likely unrestricted free agent Terence Newman will sign elsewhere, meaning a spot will come open in the cornerback rotation. Safety Taylor Mays also seems likely to sign elsewhere, meaning key positions on special teams will come open, too. Ghee could help address both depth concerns.
While with the Bengals, Ghee played in 23 games regular-season games. He also was part of two playoff teams. At times in his career, coaches were optimistic he could be a consistent contributor as a slot corner, but injuries hampered him. He spent all of the 2012 season on the injured reserve because of a wrist injury, and lost time near the start of the 2013 season because of issues with concussions.