Cincinnati Bengals re-sign special teams ace, safety Brandon Wilson to two-year extension

Tyler Dragon
Cincinnati Enquirer
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Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Brandon Wilson (40) returns a kickoff in the fourth quarter during a Week 7 NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Jacksonville Jaguars won 27-17.

Brandon Wilson is staying in the Queen City. 

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed Wilson to a two-year extension that runs through the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday. NFL Network reported that Wilson's new contract extension is worth $4.625 million. 

Wilson has quickly elevated himself as one of the best kick returners in the league. He averaged 26.2 yards per kickoff return last season. In 2019, he finished with an NFL-best 31.3-yard average on kickoff returns. He's averaged 27.8 yards on 45 career returns.

The Bengals special teams ace has two kickoff returns for touchdowns, which is tied with Tremain Mack for the Bengals’ all-time lead. Wilson's 103-yard kickoff return for a TD on Nov. 29 vs. the New York Giants last season stands as the longest play of any kind in franchise history.

In addition to special teams, Wilson also serves as a backup safety for the Bengals. He's produced 53 tackles and three forced fumbles in 51 career games. 

The team's decision to re-sign Wilson is a good one. He's been one of the few bright spots on the Bengals for the last two years. He's even received Pro Bowl consideration for his return prowess. 

Wilson is entering his fifth season. The Bengals drafted Wilson in the sixth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft.  

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