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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Bengals re-sign Brandon Tate

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The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed kick returner Brandon Tate on Tuesday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The Bengals announced Tate's re-signing on their Twitter page.

NEWS: We have re-signed WR Brandon Tate #Bengals pic.twitter.com/qcUDRkAEGk

- Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 11, 2014

Although he is formally a receiver for the Bengals, Tate's primary obligations were on special teams in 2013. He was Cincinnati's top kick return option and ended up serving as the punt return specialist once injuries forced the Bengals to keep Adam Jones off special teams.

"We're glad to get back one of our core special teams players," special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons said in a statement released by the team. "Brandon's numbers speak for themselves, and I've got a lot of confidence in him. I think this could be a real breakout year for him."

With Cincinnati going through a bit of a cornerback purge at points during the season, the Bengals needed to keep Jones away from special teams to minimize his risk for injury. In his place, Tate put up a few impressive punt returns, including a 29-yarder in overtime at Buffalo that helped set up Mike Nugent's game-winning field goal.

Tate was more impressive on kickoffs, averaging 26.1 yards per return last season. That was good enough for ninth among returners with 20 or more returns.

ESPN.com Bengals reporter Coley Harvey contributed to this report.