The Bengals Public Relations Department has released the following regarding today’s signing of free agent safety Chris Crocker and releasing of offensive tackle Dennis Roland:
The Bengals today made the following roster moves:
* Signed free agent S Chris Crocker, a 12th-year NFL player. Crocker (5-11, 197; Marshall) played 59 games with 53 starts for Cincinnati over the 2008-12 seasons. He played in 13 games with nine starts last season and finished the year tied for the team lead in interceptions (three). He has 139 career NFL games with 107 starts. His prior Bengals contract expired after last season, and today’s signing marks his first NFL activity of 2013.
* Terminated the contract of OT Dennis Roland, releasing him to free agency. Roland, a sixth-year player, saw action on special teams in Games 1-3 of this season.
After being the starting strong safety from 2008-2011, Crocker played in 13 games with nine starts last year before missing the Wild Card Game with an injury.
Crocker can play cornerback well-enough that the team opted to sign him vs. bringing in a true cornerback who doesn’t know the defensive system. Expect Crocker to see significant snaps this Sunday, especially if one or both of Adam Jones and Leon Hall are out.
Hall continues to battle a hamstring injury, while Jones is dealing with more legal trouble that could eventually lead to a suspension for him. Don’t rule-out the Bengals taking matters into their own hands and suspending him themselves.