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Cincinnati Bengals Announce The Return Of Safety Chris Crocker

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The Cincinnati Bengals have announced that they've re-signed Chris Crocker on Thursday.

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The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Thursday that they've re-signed safety Chris Crocker. Crocker joined the Bengals midway through 2008, making his Bengals debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 2. He posted nine tackles against Pittsburgh and 14 against the Washington Redskins that season. And based on his overall performances that year, and the lack of help at safety, the Bengals signed him to a four-year deal worth $10 million on February 27, 2009.

In four seasons with the Bengals, Crocker posted three interceptions, two forced fumbles, 21 passes defensed and 7.0 quarterback sacks. Suffered a season-ending knee injury midway through the year in 2010 and wasn't really the same, putting together generally his worst season last year -- highlighted during the postseason against the Houston Texans. Crocker was scheduled to make $1.9 million this year under the four-year deal with a $2.455 million cap number. So the team decided to release him to go with a younger group including Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles, Reggie Nelson and George Iloka.

Cincinnati will announce the corresponding move later because a move is needed to fit Crocker within the 53-man roster.

Now the question is. Why was it necessary? Dre Kirkpatrick, Leon Hall and Nate Clements all sat during Wednesday's practice, which may signify someone going on injured reserve to end their respective season. We're conjecturing Clements, based on the team signing a safety.