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Cincinnati cuts Chris Crocker

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Chris Crocker, who started all 16 regular-season games and a playoff game at safety for the Bengals last season, has been released.

The team announced this morning that the 32-year-old Crocker was cut after four seasons in Cincinnati. Crocker would have cost $2.5 million against the Bengals’ salary cap this year, although the Bengals have plenty of cap space and could have afforded to keep him if they had wanted to.

Crocker was drafted by the Browns in 2003 and played there for three years. He also played for the Falcons in 2006 and 2007 and the Dolphins for six games in 2008. He now becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Cincinnati is expected to address the safety position in the NFL draft.

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31 Responses to “Cincinnati cuts Chris Crocker”
  1. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    Give him a look Oakland,you can never have enough depth in the secondary.

  2. allisab says: Apr 6, 2012 11:38 AM

    He’d look mighty fine in a Pats uniform.

  3. t8ertot says: Apr 6, 2012 11:43 AM

    Good riddance

  4. johnnyb1976 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:45 AM

    If Foster doesn’t run all over him in the playoffs he would still have a job

  5. thevoiceofreason1 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:47 AM

    I like him in Baltimore, insurance for Ed/Pollard with Zibby and Nakamura leaving for playing time.

  6. whodeybitches says: Apr 6, 2012 11:55 AM

    that was two years too late… horrible player.

  7. stevincinci says: Apr 6, 2012 11:57 AM

    He was released because he’s the only safety that tackles with his shoulder. Go ahead and sign him, Ravens.

  8. mac3333 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:59 AM

    Thanks for the years of service. Here are some lovely parting gifts.

    Welcome to the Taylor Mays era. (Or Mark Barron)

    To fans of teams wanting to sign him I would think twice. He’s slow, unreactive and takes horrible angles to the ball. Cincy fans have been crying for his ousting for years. BIG boost for Cincy’s secondary.

  9. elmaxoh says: Apr 6, 2012 12:01 PM

    and the Cincinnati Bengals select Mark Barron..

  10. lks311 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:05 PM

    Interesting they would release him now. If your team drafts #18 or lower, and had their hearts set on Mark Barron, I suggest they move up.

  11. marlondagr8 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:06 PM

    Can you say taking his talents to South Beach…

  12. fafaflunky says: Apr 6, 2012 12:10 PM

    No landry also tackles with his shoulder

  13. Vegas Guy says: Apr 6, 2012 12:10 PM

    He’d been in Cincinnati for SO long and hadn’t been arrested.. we had to let him go.

  14. godofwine330 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:11 PM

    I watched him the last few years in Cincy and I thought he was decent. I don’t understand cutting someone so late into free agency. I could understand after the draft, but the Bengals weren’t hurting for money, and he was making $2.5M, not $5M.

  15. samoanjungle says: Apr 6, 2012 12:18 PM

    He wasn’t bad, played the run good but there were communication or assignment issues between he and PacMan that allowed at least two blown-coverage TDs. PacMan was all over him on the sidelines after one of them and had to be pulled away. PacMan was re-signed while Crocker was cut so I guess the coaches agreed with Pacman.
    I noticed Leon Hall look his way after a few big plays the last couple of years as well.
    Maybe the timing of his release was due to some in-house scouting for pre-draft needs.

  16. outerspace23 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:46 PM

    It’s time for the Taylor Mays era to start in Cincinnati.
    The niners well regret letting him go.

  17. chc4 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:50 PM

    He was awful as a Falcons many years ago. Can’t believe he’s been drawing paychecks all these years.

  18. barkerd85 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:54 PM

    I am a die hard bengals fan, and I can honestly say I am very thankful that they cut Crocker, he is seriously garbage!!! What foster did to him in the playoffs is not forgivable.

  19. steelcityrapist says: Apr 6, 2012 1:14 PM

    He was ok.
    Not great.
    Who dey!

  20. nflcraziness says: Apr 6, 2012 1:34 PM

    Instant starter for the Vikings!

  21. shaunypoo says: Apr 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    The only reason I can fathom cutting him is if you feel Taylor Mays is your safety of the future. And he is on friendly terms with management and they were willing to give him a chance to latch onto another team.

    They are not going for Barron or they would not have made this move. If this is true, this may be a way to get someone else to move up to take someone they don’t really want so DeCastro or someone else slides.

  22. godofwine330 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    I admit, I wanted the Browns to get Taylor Mays from the 9ers. I think he is going to be a good safety. They need a safety, so I don’t know why they didn’t pick up either him or Ahmad Black (Florida) to give them a young fast safety.

  23. stoptrippn says: Apr 6, 2012 2:40 PM

    This is good friday!! Mays needs the chance to shine…and get back to dominance.

  24. upyoursnfu says: Apr 6, 2012 2:45 PM

    Sucks he doesn’t have a job anymore. But on the bright side, atleast he doesn’t have to live in Cincisucky anymore

  25. i10east says: Apr 6, 2012 2:53 PM

    Who would’ve ever knew that the Bengals had that “Leave Britney Alone” guy from youtube all of this time? You learn something new everyday.

  26. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Apr 6, 2012 3:16 PM

    good cause bengals are cutting close with the salary cap..just when you think they cant get any cheaper..but hey they know what theyre doing with all those lombardies haha

  27. mossnomore says: Apr 6, 2012 3:18 PM

    stevincinci says:
    Apr 6, 2012 11:57 AM
    He was released because he’s the only safety that tackles with his shoulder. Go ahead and sign him, Ravens.

     ——–

    Tyrell Johnson would have something to say about that

  28. londonbengal says: Apr 6, 2012 3:31 PM

    Dude desrved to get cut right after that embarrassing whiffed ‘tackle’ on Arian Foster in the play-off game last January…..

  29. rickybobbie says: Apr 6, 2012 3:41 PM

    Appreciate the effort Chris, wish you the very best.

    As Paul Brown used to say “Son, it is time to find your life’s work.”

  30. ktravp says: Apr 6, 2012 8:41 PM

    Kudos to you londonbengal for getting directly to the point. Spot on! I’d give you 20 thumbs up if I could. Crocker might have physically dressed for that game, but mentally he never even showed up.

  31. cwitty63 says: Apr 7, 2012 3:12 AM

    Crocker has been a liability for years…
    They have better safties on the roster already,mark barron is not a 1st rd pick.

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