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Torry McTyer re-signs with Bengals; Tony McRae leaves for Lions

The Bengals bring back one cornerback and lose another.

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Ladies and gentleman, the Bengals have re-signed one of their own players not named A.J. Green.

Cornerback Torry McTyer is returning to Cincinnati on a one-year deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

McTyer was originally signed to the team in the middle of the 2019 season. He appeared in five games and only took snaps on defense in two of them. He was an emergency special teamer when he was active, and recorded 30 snaps as a part of special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons’ unit.

Because he was a street free agent signing during the season, McTyer entered restricted free agency and was not tendered by the team. McTyer therefore became an unrestricted free agent and free to sign wherever, but the Bengals wanted him back in the fold for at least the remainder of the offseason.

The same cannot be said for fellow cornerback Tony McRae, who signed with the Detroit Lions per NFL insider Aaron Wilson.

A mainstay in Cincinnati primarily due to special teams, McRae agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions to continue working under Brayden Coombs. The long-time Bengals assistant and son of Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs became Detroit’s special teams coordinator this offseason after being Cincinnati’s assistant special teams coordinator for nearly a decade. Seeing McRae available on the market, Coombs must’ve made a pitch to bring in McRae.

McRae was a college free agent originally signed by the Oakland Raiders after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Bengals signed him during training camp of that year and had him on the practice squad for most of that season. He bounced on and off the roster until late 2017 when he was signed back on and hasn’t left it since. McRae takes 504 special teams snaps over the last two-and-a-half years with him to Detroit.