So much for our No. 7 free agent target.
The Cincinnati Bengals today announced that they have re-signed wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate, just hours before the NFL’s free agency period officially opens at 4 p.m. ET.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in him,” special teams coach Darren Simmons said via the team’s Twitter. “I think this could be a real breakout year for him.”
Tate is serviceable and his return is a positive for this team. But, with all due respect to Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson who makes a big deal of his kick return numbers, his No. 2 rating on the Bengals all-time kick return average list means nothing considering the way averages have blown up in recent years. A 24 yard return today is like a 17 or 18 yard return in the 1970s, when Lemar Parrish set the team record for career kick return average.
Hobson also cited stats that matter, including the fact that the Bengals finished fifth in the NFL in kick return average last season.
Holding on to useful and solid veterans is always a good thing, even if he’s not guaranteed to make the opening day roster. Anything can happen in training camp.
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