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Chris Baker: Released by Bengals
The Bengals released Baker on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Baker signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati back in March after being cut by the Buccaneers following a disappointing 2017 season. The veteran defensive lineman now has a couple of weeks to latch on elsewhere prior to the start of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Bengals' Chris Baker: Heading to Cincinnati
Baker signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Bengals on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Baker was cut by the Buccaneers two weeks earlier after proving to be a massive disappointing in his lone season with Tampa Bay after inking a three-year, $15.75 million contract last spring. He accumulated just 33 tackles and a half sack in 15 games while wearing out his welcome in the locker room, making it an easy decision for the Buccaneers to part ways with him. The 30-year-old could bounce back as he heads to a new defensive system, though he'll have to compete Andrew Billings for playing time next to standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins.... See More ... See Less
Chris Baker: Cut loose by Tampa Bay
The Buccaneers released Baker on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Baker was a major disappointment for the Buccaneers upon signing a three-year, $15.75 million contract last March. Though the defensive lineman missed just one game, he finished with a half-sack and 33 tackles, his lowest marks in both categories since 2013. Now on the wrong side of 30 years old and coming off a down season, Baker will likely have to settle for a short-term deal with another club this offseason in order to rebuild value.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Production takes hit in 2017
Baker finished the 2017 season with 33 tackles (24 solo), a half sack and two passes defensed over 15 games.
One of the Bucs' major free-agent signings during the past offseason, the energetic veteran was a bit of a disappointment in his first year in Tampa Bay compared to his previous two seasons with the Redskins. Baker had racked up 100 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, three passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over that pair of campaigns, but he saw his overall production take a hit while lining up next to perennial Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy in 2017. The Buccaneers defense also surrendered the 10th-most rush yards per contest (117.5) while tallying the fewest sacks (22), so it's safe to say the addition of Baker didn't represent a net gain for the unit. Baker is on the books for $4.9 million in each of the final two seasons of his contract, but he should return to Tampa Bay in 2018 in a rotational role, at the very least.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Three tackles in Week 12 loss
Baker posted three solo tackles and a pass defensed in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Falcons.
The 30-year-old tackle has uncharacteristically failed to record a sack this season after totaling 9.5 over his last pair of Redskins campaigns. He's continued to be solid against the run, but Baker is also on pace for his lowest tackle total since his second pro campaign in 2013. Given his overall downturn in production, he's largely devoid of any fantasy value at the moment.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Active in Week 9
Baker (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 9 tilt against the Saints, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran defensive tackle unsurprisingly follows up a pair of full practices to close out the week with active status against the Saints. Baker's veteran presence will be especially valued against a versatile New Orleans offense that has leaned heavier on the run this season than in years' past.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Questionable for Week 9
Baker (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Baker finished the week with a pair of full practices, so it would seem as though he is trending to play Sunday, especially after playing through the ailment in Sunday's loss to Carolina. Clinton McDonald would likely see increased snaps at defensive tackle if Baker is unable to play against the Saints.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Improves to full practice Thursday
Baker (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran defensive lineman was able to take his participation level up a notch after only practicing on a limited basis to open Week 9 prep Wednesday. Baker is currently ahead of last week's practice regimen, when he wasn't able to turn in a full session until Friday. He appears well on his way to playing against the Saints on Sunday, and his presence will be pivotal to the Buccaneers' efforts to slow down a versatile New Orleans offense.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Four tackles in Week 8 loss
Baker (ankle) managed four solo tackles and one pass defensed in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Panthers.
The veteran tackle played through his ankle injury to notch four stops for the second consecutive week. Baker has no less than three tackles in his last four games and has served as the run-stopping presence the Buccaneers were hoping he'd be when they inked him in the offseason. With 17 stops through six games, the 30-year-old remains on pace for his fourth straight 40-tackle season, although he's surprisingly failed to get to the quarterback after posting 9.5 sacks over the last two campaigns.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Taking field Week 8
Baker (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 8 tilt against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran lineman will thus be available to try and slow down Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers' three principal rushing threats. Baker's availability is especially welcome considering the Buccaneers lost fellow lineman Noah Spence (shoulder) to season-ending surgery this week.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Questionable for Week 8
Baker (ankle) was a full participant at practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Baker sustained the injury in Sunday's loss to the Bills and was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday. The full participation on Friday is certainly a good sign, but if the 30-year-old is unable to play against the Panthers, Clinton McDonald would likely see an increased workload.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Limited in Wednesday's practice
Baker (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran defensive tackle was in on 30 snaps against the Bills in Week 7, recording four tackles (three solo). However, he also suffered an ankle ailment during the contest, leaving his status for Week 8 against the Panthers a bit uncertain at the moment. Further clarity on Baker's chances of suiting up should be gleaned from the remaining pair of practice sessions this week.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Practicing in full capacity
Baker (illness) was a full practice participant Wednesday and is preparing to face the Giants on Sunday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Baker has shown glimpses of pass-rushing acumen over the last two seasons, so he could have a good shot at making an impact while taking on a porous Giants offensive line. The 29-year-old, who recorded 47 tackles (29 solo) and 3.5 sacks in 2016, will reclaim a starting spot at defensive tackle in Week 4.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Not on Week 3 trip
Baker (illness) did not travel to Minnesota and will not play Week 3, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Clinton McDonald will step in for Baker at defensive tackle against the Vikings.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Doubtful for Week 3
Baker (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Baker has not practiced this week as he has been battling the flu and is unlikely to be available Sunday. The Buccaneers defensive line depth may be tested Sunday, as Jacquies Smith (illness) is also listed as doubtful.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Away from team with illness Thursday
Baker (illness) did not participate in Thursday's practice.
Baker is one of two Bucs defensive linemen, with Jacquies Smith being the other, that has come down with the flu this week. The veteran tackle hasn't even been in the building, as the team is attempting to make sure the bug doesn't spread. Baker's practice status Friday will provide further clarity on his potential availability for Sunday's Week 3 road tilt versus the Vikings.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Left off injury report
Baker (knee) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report and is expected to be available for Sunday's matchup with the Bears, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Baker has been battling the knee injury since July, and now he'll have his first chance to play with his new team. He'll be tasked with putting pressure on Bears quarterback Mike Glennon and containing the running-back duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Baker: Held out of practice with knee injury
Baker didn't partake in Monday's practice due to a suspected right knee injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Buccaneers haven't offered an official comment regarding Baker's injury, but he was spotted icing his right knee on the sideline Monday, so that's presumably the reason behind his absence. Assuming the injury doesn't limit him too much during camp, Baker should open his first season in Tampa Bay in a starting role at defensive tackle after accruing 9.5 sacks over his past two campaigns with the Redskins.... See More ... See Less
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