Former New England Patriots wide receiver and returner Brandon Tate is not expected to be re-signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a piece in the Cincinnati Enquirer by highly-regarded beat writer Joe Reedy. Tate put up 810 kick return yards and 187 punt return yards last season, but the 25-year-old will be very expendable if the Bengals re-sign cornerback and fellow returner Adam “Pacman” Jones.
Tate offered up very little as a wide receiver to the Bengals last season, as he caught just 13 passes for 211 yards and one touchdown. He only had two good games last year (Week 2 and Week 17 against division rivals with three catches in each game), and Tate is an inconsistent wideout whose only source of value is as an occasional deep threat. Reedy notes that Tate was even inconsistent as a returner last season, which is his strong suit. He was good and is a real playmaker as a returner, but consistency is often times a knock on Brandon Tate.
Last season, the Bengals doled out $555,000 to Tate, and it doesn’t sound like they will be giving him any money in 2013. Based on Reedy’s piece, it sounds highly unlikely that Tate will be sticking around with the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, the best-case scenario for Tate is a one-year deal as something of a backup plan.
With Jeff Demps‘s future cast into uncertainty after his statement that he would like to play both football and track, I want to see if there are any New England Patriots fans who would like to see Tate come back for Demps as the team’s playmaking returner. Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
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