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.

31 responses to “Cincinnati cuts Chris Crocker

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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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