A fourth-year NFL and Bengals player for 2015, Thompson played in nine games ... Had a key stop in win Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland ... Held starting DT job in 2013 for last seven games and Wild Card playoff, replacing injured All-Pro Geno Atkins.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2012 NFL Draft (93rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-25-12.
2015 highlights: Played in Games 3, 5, 6, 8, 10-11 and 14-16 ... Inactive for the other seven games, and on Reserve/Injured list for Wild Card playoff, due to knee injury suffered Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore ... Had a shared sack among his eight tackles, three for losses ... Logged two tackles, including one for a loss, in his season debut on Sept. 27 at Baltimore ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, logged two tackles, including one for loss against RB Thomas Rawls ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, logged one tackle, a shared sack that dropped E.J. Manuel for no gain in second quarter ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, dropped RB Duke Johnson for five-yard loss on first-and-goal from Cincinnati four in first quarter, key play in forcing Browns to settle for FG and 7-3 deficit ... One tackle and two QB hits Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore, prior to suffering knee injury.
Previous seasons: 2012—Played in three games as a rookie (Games 1-2 and 4), and recorded two tackles ... Inactive for Games 3 and 5-16 ... One tackle Sept. 10 at Baltimore and Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland. 2013—Played in every game, and started last seven, plus Wild Card playoff, as replacement for injured Geno Atkins ... Had 48 tackles in regular season, with 1.5 sacks ... Two tackles, with a seven-yard shared sack of Thad Lewis, on Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Six tackles Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, with first career solo sack, nine-yarder against Geno Smith ... Led line in tackles (seven) on Oct. 31 at Miami ... Tied for line lead in tackles (seven) on Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Tied for line lead with six tackles on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Led the line and finished second on the team with eight tackles in Wild Card Playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego. 2014—Played in 11 games (Games 1-2 and 8-16) and in Wild Card playoff ... Had 21 tackles, including one sack ... Inactive (knee) for Games 3-7 ... Led line with six tackles on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, his nine-yard sack of Johnny Manziel helped force Browns punt in third quarter ... Led line with four tackles (one for-loss) in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
College: Played four seasons (2008-11) at Clemson ... Durable performer saw action in 53 games, and 37 of his 38 starts came in his last three seasons ... Finished with 208 total tackles, including 4.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles-for-loss ... Had two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... Was a team captain for 10-4 club as a senior and was named honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly ... Had one of the dominant weightlifting performances at 2012 NFL Combine, with 35 bench presses (225 pounds).
Personal: Hometown is Thomasville, Ga. ... Attended Thomasville (Ga.) High School, where he was a four-year starter as a two-way lineman ... Earned all-state honors as both a junior and a senior ... As a senior at Thomasville, he was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper ... Management major at Clemson.
The Bengals today re-signed DT Brandon Thompson, returning him to the team from the unrestricted free agent ranks. Thompson (6-2, 305; Clemson) is a fifth-year player who has contributed to Bengals playoff teams in each of his previous four seasons. He signed a one-year contract.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel for a loss of 9 yards and celebrates with the money sign.