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Chris Crocker #42 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (December 31, 2011 - Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)



The Bengals went into the free agency period with a lot to build on, but with several holes to fill as well. On offense, upgrades were needed at guard, running back, and at the #2 receiver spot. On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary needed help at both safety and cornerback. After the free agent losses of Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker, defensive end became another need.

After a month of free agency, the Bengals did address some of these concerns. The defensive end position was replenished, another guard was signed, and they made a key signing in BenJarvus Green-Ellis at running back. Today, two more moves were made that continue to shape the team. First came the release of safety Chris Crocker. Later in the day, the signing of guard Jacob Bell was announced.


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