Peerman gives kicking game familiar lift

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Special teams ace Cedric Peerman set to deal again.

The Bengals are expected to re-sign special teams guru Cedric Peerman to a one-year deal Thursday and that's good news for special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons.

Simmons lost his two top teams tacklers from last season to free agency in running back Rex Burkhead and wide receiver James Wright, but he gets back his best player over the last several years in Peerman. Peerman, 30, heading into his eighth year as a backup running back, is one year removed from the Pro Bowl and his team-leading 17 tackles in the kicking game.

A fractured forearm in last year's third pre-season game put Peerman on injured reserve, but with six games left the Bengals opted to make him the designated returnee and three more tackles gave him 75 career stops in 90 career games in Cincinnati.

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