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Bengals re-sign Brandon Tate

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Brandon Tate is back, and he'll likely be the Bengals' primary returner in 2015.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed receiver Brandon Tate, the team announced Wednesday.

Though the Kansas City Chiefs hosted Tate for a visit, re-signing with Cincinnati looked to be his No. 1 option all along. There weren't any other reported teams to show interest in him.

Tate will be a seventh-year NFL player in 2015, and he hasn't missed a game in the last five years, including four seasons with the Bengals. Last season, Tate logged 17 receptions for 193 yards (11.4) and one TD. He also rushed three-for-21 (7.0), averaged 9.7 yards on 18 punt returns and averaged 22.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns.

"Brandon has been a big contributor to the success of our team in qualifying for the playoffs the past four seasons," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "We are happy he has decided to remain a Bengal."

Though Tate didn't do much as a pass-catcher, he did so making just $1 million last year. For a guy who averaged 9.7 yards per punt return, the Bengals are getting a nice bargain if that's about what he makes in 2015.

Still, expect Cincinnati to draft another returner in this year's draft or sign one in undrafted free agency.