Bengals lose CB Brandon Ghee to Chargers

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals have lost another defensive player.

The San Diego Chargers announced via Twitter on Thursday that Bengals cornerback Brandon Ghee has signed a two-year deal to join their team. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Ghee spent the last four years in Cincinnati.

A 2010 third-round Bengals draft selection from Wake Forest, Ghee was expected to be a budding defensive star, but injuries got in the way of that progress.

After missing all of the 2012 season with a dislocated wrist, coaches finally started getting convinced he was turning a corner after a strong showing in OTAs last year and through the first few practices of the preseason. He looked poised to challenge for the backup slot corner job. If starter Leon Hall was to go down, he looked to be the first one on the field to replace him.

But a concussion, the second of his career, sidelined him for most of the preseason and the first three games of the 2013 regular season. He took a hard shot during a preseason game at Atlanta. The injury came nearly a full year after he dislocated his wrist.

When Ghee did end up playing last season, filling in for an injured Hall at Cleveland in Week 4, he didn’t look good overall. The Browns rolled to a 17-6 win that included a touchdown reception he allowed.

Ghee appeared in 10 games last season, the most in a single season in his career. He also had seven tackles, and finished with 17 for his Bengals career.

Ghee's departure from Cincinnati comes on the same day that free-agent offensive tackle Anthony Collins rejected a Bengals counteroffer and signed with Tampa Bay, and veteran linebacker James Harrison was cut.