Bengals Sign Veteran Help For Secondary

The Bengals added some veteran help in the secondary Tuesday when they signed cornerback Jamar Fletcher to a one-year contract.

Fletcher spent last season with Houston but the Texans released him at the end of this preseason. He was a first-round pick of Miami in 2001 out of the University of Wisconsin. He played three seasons with the Dolphins before moving on to spend two seasons with San Diego and one year with Detroit. Fletcher played in 10 games for the Texans last season, starting twice. For his career he has started 10 of the 98 games he has played in, with seven interceptions, 29 pass defensed and 161 tackles to his credit.

The Bengals released cornerback Geoffrey Pope from the 53-man roster to make room for Fletcher. Should Pope clear waivers the Bengals could seek to re-sign him to the practice squad. They made room on their developmental unit by releasing wide receiver Maurice Purify on Tuesday. Pope had been on the Bengals practice squad the first two weeks of the season before being signed to the 53-man roster last week.

All of these transactions have been due to injuries that have depleted the team's secondary. Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph missed last Sunday's game against the New York Giants due to an ankle injury, while safety Dexter Jackson has missed the last two games because of a thumb injury. The Bengals started second-year player David Jones in place of Joseph against the Giants, with rookie free agent Simeon Castille taking over the role of nickelback.

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