Bengals shake up roster, claim Tate, McGlynn off waivers

The Cincinnati Bengals acquired three players off waivers Sunday, including former New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate.

Tate, a third-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, was among the Patriots' final roster cuts on Saturday. He played in all 16 games with 10 starts last season and finished with 24 receptions for 432 yards with three touchdowns. Tate also returned 41 kickoffs for 1,057 yards and ranked sixth in the NFL with a 25.8-yard average. That includes two kickoff returns for touchdowns, one a 97-yard score against the Bengals in Week 1.

"Whatever the team wants me to do, I'm willing to do it," Tate told after he found out he was coming to Cincinnati. "We'll see when I get there."

The Bengals acquired center Mike McGlynn on waivers from Philadelphia. McGlynn, entering his fourth season, started 14 regular-season games for the Eagles at center last season but can also play guard and tackle. The Bengals found out Saturday that starting right guard Bobbie Williams was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The team also picked up tight end Mickey Shuler on waivers from Miami. Shuler, entering his second season, played in six games and made two starts for the Dolphins last season.

With those acquisitions, the Bengals waived three players -- tight end Chase Coffman, wide receiver Quan Cosby and center Reggie Stephens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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