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Bengals Release Punt Returner Quan Cosby

According to Geoff Hobson of, the Bengals released punt returner Quan Cosby on Sunday in a corresponding move after the team claimed former New England Patriots receiver Brandon Tate off waivers. Cosby, a 2009 undrafted free agent, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and promptly set franchise records with 474 punt return yards.

In 16 games during his two-year NFL career with the Bengals, Cosby posted six receptions for 71 yards receiving on offense. Though offense wasn't really his forte, mostly known for playing all four units on special teams, most notably as the team's punt returner.

Cosby returned 70 career punts for 699 yards -- almost a 10/yard per return average -- posting five 20-plus yard returners and two 40-yard returns. He posted a career-long 60-yard return during the 2009 season.

Options to replace Cosby as the team's primary punt returner includes Jordan Shipley, Brandon Tate and Adam Jones -- though we tend to think Jones isn't an option after suffering a spinal injury midway through the 2010 season.

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