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Chris Baker | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 320
College: Hampton
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Bengals signed DT Chris Baker, formerly of the Bucs, to a one-year contract.
The deal is worth a "little more than $3 million." Baker is reportedly down to 300 pounds after flopping as a 2017 free agent bust in Tampa Bay. He signed a "three-year, $15.75 million" deal, but recorded only a half-sack over 15 games and was released in February. Criticized for his lack of effort, Baker won't lack motivation on this one-year, prove-it deal. If focused, Baker should beat out Andrew Billings for the starting nose tackle job next to Geno Atkins. Mar 7 - 5:01 PM

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CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chick Hernandez reports free agent DT Chris Baker visited the Bengals on Tuesday and is "likely to end up there."

Baker was released by the Bucs two weeks ago after bombing out as a free-agent signing last offseason. The 30-year-old recorded just a half-sack across 15 games for Tampa Bay but was previously a very disruptive player in Washington. However, Baker has long faced questions about his effort.
Mar 7 - 10:44 AM

Bucs released DT Chris Baker.

Baker signed a "three-year, $15.75 million" contract last March but was a huge disappointment his first year in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times reported in December that both teammates and coaches had questioned Baker's effort. Baker faced similar questions with the Redskins. His entire $4.875 million cap hit comes off the books. Baker, who notched 0.5 sacks in 15 games in 2017, turns 31 in October.
Feb 20 - 3:25 PM

According to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, teammates and coaches believe Bucs DT Chris Baker's effort has been poor since signing with the team.

This isn't the first time Baker's effort has been brought into question; after choosing to leave the Redskins as a free agent in March, word out of D.C. was that teammates and team officials were "lukewarm" on bringing Baker back for the exact same effort concerns. Given $9 million guaranteed by the Bucs, Baker has been a big disappointment with just half a sack next to Gerald McCoy. Baker may be one-and-done in Tampa. The Bucs can clear his entire $4.875 million salary.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 10:10:00 AM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins weren't always happy with DE Chris Baker's work ethic before letting him walk to the Bucs in free agency.

Coaches, officials and "even some teammates" were reportedly "lukewarm" on the pass rusher. The Post's Mike Jones reports the 'Skins felt they needed someone who would make a more "consistent impact." To replace Baker, Washington made the unimpressive signings of Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee. No one escapes Washington without getting slammed on the way out the door.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 06:32:00 PM

Bucs signed Chris Baker, formerly of the Redskins, to a three-year, $15.75-million contract including $9 million guaranteed.

This had been expected most of the day. The deal can be worth up to $6.25 million per year with incentives. Baker was a defensive end with Washington, but he will likely start at defensive tackle next to Gerald McCoy in Tampa Bay. It is a good signing for an improving defensive line.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 04:09:00 PM

ESPN Bucs reports Jenna Laine reports Tampa Bay is the favorite to land free agent DL Chris Baker.

A 3-4 defensive end in Washington who moved inside on passing downs, Baker would be a full-time defensive tackle in Tampa Bay. Baker would play next to Gerald McCoy and give the Bucs one of the NFL's most intimidating interior fronts.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 01:09:00 PM

ESPN's John Keim believes free agent DE Chris Baker will not re-sign with the Redskins.

Keim left the door slightly open for a return, but Baker has looked to be on the way out for the last couple days. The talented defensive end has been linked with the Broncos, Bucs, and Colts.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 08:12:00 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports free agent DE Chris Baker is expected to draw interest from the Colts.

This is in addition to the Broncos and Bucs, who were reported to be interested Monday night. Rotoworld's No. 5 available defensive lineman, it does not look like Baker will have any shortage of suitors on the open market. Baker has 10.5 sacks over the last two seasons.
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 09:40:00 AM

Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports the Broncos and Bucs are "hot" on impending free agent DE Chris Baker.

The Redskins are reportedly attempting to re-sign him, but their current mess of a front office could make it difficult to get anything done. Baker has been Washington's best defensive lineman the last couple seasons and would be a great fit in Denver. He is Rotoworld's No. 5 available defensive lineman.
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 08:09:00 PM

The Redskins are in talks with free agent DE Chris Baker.

Baker has been an anchor for Washington the past two seasons, grading positively against the run and as a pass rusher. He’s going to command at least $7 million annually. Baker is Rotoworld's No. 5 free agent lineman.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 07:16:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports the Redskins' "goal" at the Combine is to re-sign free agent DE Chris Baker.

This goes against a report from the Washington Post earlier this month that said the Redskins were likely to let Baker hit the open market. Washington is fully expected to engage in negotiations with all of its free agents at next week's Combine. Baker is entering his age-30 season and has spent his entire career in D.C. He's been the Redskins' best defensive lineman for the past two seasons.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 10:52:00 PM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins are likely to let DE Chris Baker walk in free agency.

Per reporter Mike Jones, the Redskins are "lukewarm" on Baker, who is expected to seek "significantly more" than the team is willing to offer. Baker has 9.5 sacks over the past two seasons, and was the Redskins' best overall lineman in 2016. Baker turns 30 in October.
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 04:57:00 PM

J.P. Finlay of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports the Redskins have yet to open contract negotiations with impending free agent DE Chris Baker.

The same is true of DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Vernon Davis, suggesting the Redskins are waiting until the coaching staff is finalized before making any personnel decisions. Baker has 10.5 sacks the last two seasons and is clearly the best defensive lineman on the roster, but reports suggest Washington is lukewarm on bringing him back. If they do not want him, Baker should have plenty of takers on the open market.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 12:56:00 PM

Redskins RE Chris Baker (elbow/ribs) is questionable for Week 2.

Baker should start after getting in a full practice Friday. Redskins LB/S Su'a Cravens (hip) is also expected to play this week.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 01:27:00 PM