Brandon Joiner is back with the Bengals.
Joiner signed with the team as an undrafted free agent last May, but his rookie season was interrupted when he was sentenced to three years in prison on robbery and drug charges from a 2007 incident when Joiner was a student at Texas A&M. The Bengals put him on the Reserve/Did Not Report List at that time and retained his rights.
Joiner was released from prison on parole last month and he’s now been reinstated to the team’s active roster. Monday is the first day that teams could make transactions involving players already on their roster, allowing them to make Joiner one of their 90 men as the offseason gets underway.
While holding onto his rights suggests the team saw something to like about Joiner in their short time together last year, he’s far from guaranteed a roster spot. Given the changes to come when free agency opens up, he’s not even guaranteed to be on the team by minicamp.