By Chris Roling
After missing on safety Kurt Coleman, the next plan of attack for the Cincinnati Bengals seems to be free-agent defensive tackle Chris Baker.
Baker, 30, fizzled out as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017, leading to his release in mid-February.
According to Chick Hernandez of NBC Sports, Baker took a physical with the Bengals and a deal seems imminent:
Baker, who turns 31 in October, had some productive years as a disruptor with the Washington Redskins before falling off with the Buccaneers a season ago.
The split between Tampa Bay and Baker wasn’t hard to see coming, not after his play didn’t meet the pay and this report from the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud came out: “What’s more, some players and coaches feel as if his attitude has been poor from the beginning in terms of effort, especially given what the Bucs are paying him.”
Still, the Bengals need depth along the line and the team likes to rehab guys under Marvin Lewis. Baker was cut, so it won’t impact the team’s desire for compensatory picks, either.
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