The Bengals signed defensive tackle Chris Baker to a one-year deal on Thursday Cameron Brate Jersey , their first free agent acquisition on defense under new coordinator Teryl Austin.
Baker played with Tampa Bay last season after spending six seasons with Washington and one each with Miami and Denver. The Broncos originally signed him as an undrafted free agent from Hampton.
The ninth-year veteran has started 53 games in the past four seasons. He has 12 career sacks.
He’ll get a chance to become part of the Bengals’ rotation on the defensive line. The defense finished 18th in the NFL in yards allowed last season under coordinator Paul Guenther, who left for the Raiders after the season. Austin was signed from Detroit.
The Browns parted ways with one veteran cornerback this offseason when they traded Jason McCourty to the Patriots and they could move another one this week.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Jamar Taylor could wind up on the trade block during this week’s draft. The impetus for such a move by the Browns would be the addition of another cornerback in the early rounds.
The Browns currently own the first Marcus Cannon Jersey , fourth, 33rd Malik McDowell Jersey , 35th and 64th picks. There hasn’t been much talk about using either of the first-round picks on a corner, although there’s always the possibility of a trade that brings players at that position onto their radar.
T.J. Carrie Blake Martinez Jersey , E.J. Gaines and Terrance Mitchell all signed with the Browns in free agency and 2017 fourth-round pick Howard Wilson is coming back from a knee injury that wiped out his rookie season. Briean Boddy-Calhoun is also on Cleveland’s cornerback depth chart.
Taylor joined the Browns in a trade with the Dolphins in 2016 and signed a three-year extension before the year was out. He’s played in 31 games over the last two seasons and intercepted three passes.