Here's the Bengals roster in the secondary -- we recommend a barf bag, some Pepto and a hooker named Candy. At cornerback, we still have our starters in Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall. Then again, Joseph has been out in four of the team's previous eight games with a high ankle sprain and Hall has hasn't played particularly great this year. We have Jonathan Wade, who has played reasonably well, considering he was asked to show up and play without any experience in the defense, and Fred Bennett rounding out the cornerback roster.
At safety, the Bengals have Roy Williams, Tom Nelson, Reggie Nelson and Jeromy Miles rounding out perhaps one of the scariest secondary rosters in the NFL.
Injuries, of course. This year, the Bengals have lost Chris Crocker, Morgan Trent, Brandon Ghee, Chinedum Ndukwe, Adam Jones, Rico Murray and Gibril Wilson in the secondary. It forced the team to sign off-the-street players like Bennett and Wade.
Now that the Bengals recently put Ndukwe on Injured Reserve, that means that the Bengals are hosting workouts for a couple of free agents in the secondary. According to the Bengals play-by-play man Brad Johansen, the Bengals are inviting Keiwan Ratliff and Marvin White -- and perhaps other defensive backs -- on Tuesday.
White, the Bengals fourth round draft pick in 2007, spent his first two seasons in Cincinnati between 2007 and 2008, recording 68 tackles in 12 games in 2008. White played for the Cowboys and Lions in 2009, recording 53 tackles in 13 total games. White became expendable before the 2009 season once the team signed Roy Williams. With Wilson placed on IR during the preseason, the Bengals brought White back to help fill the roster during preseason games. White was released again on September 4 as the deadline for the 53-man roster approached.
Ratliff, drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, played four seasons in Cincinnati with his career high coming in 2005 where he recorded 45 tackles, picked off three passes and forced a fumble. Since leaving the Bengals, Ratliff has played for the Buccaneers, Colts and Steelers. Ratliff returned to the Bengals just before the team's playoff game against the Jets last year after Pat Sims went on IR. He was released in mid-June and signed with the UFL's Florida Tuskers.