Bengals Ink Crocker, Dorsey to Deals

The Bengals used the first day of the NFL's free agency period to re-sign two of their own players. The services of safety Chris Crocker and running back DeDe Dorsey have been retained.

No terms, including length of contracts, were announced.

The Bengals picked up Crocker in the middle of last season after he had been released by the Miami Dolphins. Crocker, a third-round draft choice of Cleveland in 2003, quickly filled a void left by injuries to Dexter Jackson, Marvin White and Chinedum Ndukwe and helped the Cincinnati defense finish ranked No. 12 in yards allowed in the league. It was the best ranking for a Bengals defense since the 2001 unit finished No. 9.

Jackson and White ended the season on injured reserve, while Ndukwe missed a total of five games, including four in the second half of the season. Crocker played in the final eight games of the season and started in the final six – four at free safety and twice at strong safety. He finished the season with 48 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one interception and a forced fumble.

Crocker had a game-high 14 tackles in a 20-13 win against Washington on Dec. 14, a victory that started the Bengals on a three-game winning streak to end the season.

"Chris' game against Washington was as good a game by a safety as I can remember since I've been here," said head coach Marvin Lewis in a state released by the team, "and for the whole second half of the season, he was a leader in the locker room as well as on the field. He was able to get up to speed with us very quickly, and he's still a relatively young player with a lot of good football left in him. Obviously, we're highly pleased to bring him back."

Crocker has started 58 times among the 82 games he has played in during his six-year career.

Dorsey played in four games last season before a hamstring injury forced the team to place him on injured reserve.

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