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Bengals re-sign Brandon Wilson

The Bengals get a late deal done with their ace returner.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed defensive back Brandon Wilson to a two-year contract extension through the 2022 season, the team announced Tuesday.

Wilson, a fifth-year player in 2021, was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft by way of the Houston Cougars. He has played in 51 career games (two starts) and has 24 tackles and three forced fumbles on defense, along with 29 tackles on special teams.

Where Wilson has done his most damage has been as Cincinnati’s No. 1 kickoff returner since early in the 2019 season. He’s averaged 27.8 yards on 45 career returns. His two kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied for the most in Bengals history, and his 103-yard kickoff return for a score on Nov. 29 vs. the New York Giants last season stands as the longest play of any kind in team history.

Wilson’s existing contract had been due to expire tomorrow (Wednesday), so it’s good to see the Bengals got their special teams ace in the fold before other teams were able to pursue him.