Broussard released

Posted: 1:35 p.m.


After a spring camp that displayed their deep corps of wide receivers, the Bengals on Thursday released Jamall Broussard.

The 5-9, 175-pound Broussard, whose quickness wowed the Bengals in the 2004 training camp, spent all last season on the practice squad and never played a regular-season snap for the Bengals. Before suffering an ankle injury, he caught 24 balls for a 10.9-yard average and returned 11 punts for a 9.9 average this spring in NFL Europe for Cologne.

The writing was on the wall when the Bengals signed free-agent Antonio Chatman during the offseason. The 5-9, 185-pound Chatman not only has similar dimensions, but he already has 71 catches and 110 punt returns in the NFL after three seasons.

But Broussard, a free agent out of San Jose State, shouldn't have a problem hooking on with another team. After having a 90-yard punt return called back against the Patriots in a 2004 preseason game, the Panthers plucked Broussard off the Bengals practice squad in midseason. He returned 24 kicks for a 23.1-yard average and returned 10 punts for 4.3 during eight games in Carolina.

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