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Tight end John Peters signs future contract to re-join Bengals

The Bengals liked what they saw from John Peters last year. It wasn't enough for him to make the 2015 roster or even practice squad, but now, they're bringing him back for another chance to compete for a spot on the roster.

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The Cincinnati Bengals continued filling their offseason roster Wednesday with the announcement that tight end John Peters was signed to a futures/reserve contract.

Peters, as you may remember, spent time with the Bengals this past offseason after the team invited him to Cincinnati on a tryout basis for their May rookie minicamp, and he impressed enough to be signed to a contract following it. He now becomes the fifth tight end on the roster in addition to h-back Ryan Hewitt.

A physical specimen at 6-8 and 261 pounds, Peters is a first-year NFL player for 2016. He entered the NFL last season as a college free agent with the Bengals and played in two preseason games (no statistics) before being waived on Aug. 31. He was not with an NFL team during the regular season.

Last year, Peters became the first player from Mount St. Joseph, a Cincinnati NCAA Division III school, to sign an NFL contract. He totaled 67 receptions for 1,145 yards and 21 touchdowns over the course of his career, including 24 catches for 424 yards and career-best nine scores.

Peters had little chance of making the roster after the Bengals drafted Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah during the 2015 NFL draft and signed college free agent Matt Lengel to go with Pro Bowler Tyler Eifert. Peters rarely even got a training camp snap, so he's still a bit of an unknown heading into his second stint in Cincy.

Under reserve/future contract rules, Peters will count on the Bengals’ Active List as of Feb. 8, the day after the Super Bowl.

It's also worth noting that is a Bengals fan! This is a Tweet he sent out during the playoff game.