Philadelphia Eagles release former Bengals CB Shaun Prater

David Purdy

If you're looking at names that the Bengals could sign in response to Leon Hall's injury, former Bengals players are always a good starting point.

If you're looking at possible personnel additions in response to Leon Hall's injury, a good point from which to start is always with players that the Bengals are familiar with.

We have a possibility for you.

Cornerback Shaun Prater.

The Bengals are clearly going forward with the players on their existing roster; signing or trading for a big-name player just isn't going to happen. However, the door remains open for the team to sign a player that would impact their depth towards the bottom of their roster. Maybe as a sixth cornerback. Or Prater re-joins and Chris Lewis-Harris is placed back on the practice squad after clearing waivers. There are options.

Prater is a former fifth round pick by the Bengals during the 2012 NFL draft. He suffered a knee injury during his rookie season in early August and was placed on Injured Reserve. Prater failed to make the 53-man roster this, but was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Prater only played one game with the Eagles, none on defense.

Clearly the Bengals saw something in Prater that would encourage them to draft him last year; perhaps the seven career interceptions (two returned for a touchdown) and a team-leading four forced fumbles as a senior at Iowa.

We're not saying that the Bengals should sign Prater. Only that it wouldn't be entirely outside of Cincinnati's wheelhouse to do it.

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