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Bengals sign Tony Brown to 1-year extension

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Brown joined the Bengals in December.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed cornerback Tony Brown to a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season, the team announced Thursday.

Brown, a third-year player in 2020, was acquired on waivers from the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 30. His contract had been due to expire next week.

Brown signed as a college free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers out of the University of Alabama in 2018, though he went on to play his first two NFL seasons with the Packers. He played in 20 regular-season games (three starts) for Green Bay and recorded 39 tackles, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles on defense, plus another six tackles and a blocked extra point on special teams.

This is an interesting move for the Bengals, who are set to have four cornerbacks hit free agency in Darqueze Dennard, Tony McRae (restricted), Greg Mabin (restricted) and Torry McTyer (restricted), while there’s also growing speculation that Dre Kirkpatrick could be moved. The team will also likely try to extend William Jackson before he hits free agency in 2021.