With the Bengals placing Frostee Rucker and Chris Crocker on Injured Reserve, the Bengals need to restock their roster like a can of beans at the grocer.
Last week the Bengals were granted a one-week exemption after Antwan Odom came off his four-game suspension, allowing him to rejoin the team. This week, Odom rejoins the 53-man roster now that the exemption is expired, replacing Rucker on the roster. However, it's unknown when he'll actually be on the field. Odom had wrist surgery over his mid-season break and could be out for a few more weeks.
The Bengals also signed cornerback Jonathan Wade, helping restock the secondary. Per Geoff Hobson:
Wade played in Detroit’s first eight games this season, with four starts, and had 26 tackles with three passes defensed and a fumble recovery. He was released by the Lions on Nov. 10. He was a third-round draft choice of St. Louis in 2007 and played from 2007-09 for the Rams, seeing action in 47 games with six starts and logging 47 tackles with two INTs and seven passes defensed. He was signed by the Lions as a free agent on March 9 of this year.
Ironically, Wade was released from the Lions to make room for recently signed place kicker Dave Rayner. Sean Yuille, lead blogger at the Detroit Lions' SB Nation site Pride of Detroit, writes that Wade "lost confidence after a rough start to the season."
Dear Jonathan. Welcome to the Bengals.