Eleventh-year pro resumed Bengals career on 9-25-13, signing as free agent … Played 59 games (53 starts) for Bengals from 2008-12, and has played in eight games this season ... Returned INT 32 yards for a TD Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... His contract expired after last season, and he was not with an NFL team in ’13 prior to re-signing with Cincinnati ... Played 13 games with nine starts last season, and finished year tied for team lead in INTs (three) ... Entered NFL as a Cleveland third-round draft choice in 2003, and played three seasons for Browns before moving on to stints with Atlanta and Miami.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in eight games (Games 4-10 and 12), with two starts as nickel corner ... Inactive for Game 11 with hamstring injury ... Has 27 tackles, a shared sack, one INT (returned for a TD) and six passes defensed ... Made season debut Sept. 29 at Cleveland, recording one tackle ... Played Oct. 6 vs. New England and led secondary with seven tackles, including a shared sack of Tom Brady … Two of his tackles vs. New England were for losses, and he also had two passes defensed and two QB pressures ... Started as nickel corner Oct. 20 at Detroit and had two tackles, including one for loss, and a pass defensed ... On Oct. 27 vs. Jets, had five tackles and intercepted a Geno Smith pass and returned it 32 yards for a TD on first play of second half ... Three tackles Oct. 31 at Miami ... Started at nickel corner Nov. 10 at Baltimore and had five tackles and a pass defensed ... On Dec. 1 at San Diego, had three tackles and a pass defensed.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted in 2003 by Cleveland in third round (84th overall) ... Signed with Browns on 8-1-30 ... Traded by Cleveland to Atlanta on 3-20-06 for fourth-round pick in ’06 draft ... Signed 4-2-08 with Miami as unrestricted free agent ... Released by Dolphins on 10-21-08 ... Signed as free agent with Bengals on 10-30-08 ... Became unrestricted free agent on 2-27-09 and re-signed later the same day with Bengals ... Released on 4-6-12 by Bengals ... Signed with Bengals as free agent on 9-27-12 … Bengals contract expired after ’12 season ... Re-signed with Bengals as free agent on 9-25-13.PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2003—Played in 16 games for Cleveland with one start, posting 28 tackles on defense and 11 stops on special teams ... Had season-best three special teams tackles Dec. 23 at Cincinnati.
2004—Played for Browns in Games 1-12, with five starts ... Missed last four games due to biceps injury ... Had 61 tackles (45 solo), including two sacks, with an INT for a TD and five total passes defensed ... On Oct. 10 at Pittsburgh, returned an intercepted Ben Roethlisberger pass 20 yards for a TD, and had a nine-yard drop of Roethlisberger for his first career sack.
2005—Started all 16 games at SS for Cleveland defense that ranked fourth in NFL in fewest passing yards allowed (179.2 per game) ... Logged career-high 86 tackles, including two sacks, and had two INTs, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... Led defense in 20-10 win Oct. 9 vs. Chicago, with nine tackles (one sack), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... Intercepted a Sage Rosenfels pass in shutout win Nov. 20 vs. Miami.
2006—Started all 16 games at FS for Falcons, with 48 tackles (one sack), one INT and eight total passes defensed ... Sacked Carson Palmer for eight-yard loss in win Oct. 29 at Cincinnati ... On Dec. 3 at Washington, helped preserve 24-14 win with fourth-quarter INT of a Jason Campbell pass and a 28-yard return.
2007—Played and started 14 games for Atlanta, after missing the first two games with a knee injury ... Posted career highs for INTs (three) and total passes defensed (11) ... Had 63 tackles, including a sack, and a fumble recovery ... Preserved victory Nov. 11 at Carolina by intercepting Matt Moore pass on game’s final play ... On Dec. 20 vs. Seattle, made 18-yard INT return of a Seneca Wallace pass to the Seahawks 10, setting up a crucial TD in 44-41 win.
2008—Played for Dolphins in Games 1-6, with two starts ... Played for Bengals in season’s final eight games, logging 48 tackles with 1.5 sacks, one INT, six passes defensed and a forced fumble ... Started last six Bengals games ... On Dec. 14 vs. Washington, led secondary with 14 tackles and forced a fumble by TE Chris Cooley that Bengals recovered to set up their first TD.
2009—Started Games 1-13 and Wild Card playoff for Bengals at FS ... Inactive for Games 14-16 due to ankle injury .... Had two INTs, ranked third on team in passes defensed (11), and ranked tied for eighth in tackles (56) ... On Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh, took direct snap and rushed 21 yards to convert fake punt in third quarter ... Had INT for the second straight game Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, returning Jay Cutler pass 20 yards to Bengals 47 in third quarter, setting up final Cincinnati TD drive.
2010—Started nine games for Bengals (Games 1-8 and 10), but suffered torn knee ligament (MCL) in Game 10, Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo, and placed Nov. 22 on Reserve/Injured list ... Closed his year with 42 tackles, six passes defensed, two sacks and two forced fumbles ... Had nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay.
2011—One of seven Bengals to start every game ... Logged 74 tackles, seventh on team, and led secondary in sacks (3.5) ... Also had four passes defensed and a forced fumble ... Supported effort for Bengals defense to rank seventh in NFL in fewest yards allowed per game (316.3) ... In season-opening win Sept. 11 at Cleveland, logged three tackles, a pass defensed, a sack of Colt McCoy and a forced fumble ... On Oct. 30 at Seattle, had four tackles, including a five-yard sack of Charlie Whitehurst, along with two passes defensed ... Had five tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston, including a sack, and two QB pressures.
2012—Signed with Bengals on Sept. 27, and made season debut three days later, Sept. 30 at Jacksonville ... Played in 13 games, with nine starts — eight at SS and one at FS ... Totaled 42 tackles, six passes defensed, one fumble recovery and three INTs (tied for team lead) ... Inactive for Wild Card playoff due to quad strain suffered Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... In his first action of season, helped seal win Sept. 30 at Jacksonville with 23-yard INT against Blaine Gabbert in fourth quarter ... On Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, made leaping INT in back of end zone to thwart a Pittsburgh scoring threat ... Tied for lead in secondary with six tackles Nov. 4 vs. Denver ... Six tackles Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants ... Tied for secondary lead in tackles (eight) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, and had an INT he returned 29 yards, helping set up a Bengals FG ... Five tackles Dec. 2 at San Diego ... Three tackles and a pass defensed Dec. 9 vs. Dallas ... Led secondary in tackles (four) Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, and recovered a Nick Foles fumble in the third quarter, returning it 12 yards to the Eagles 13, setting up a Bengals FG ... Four tackles and a pass defensed Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh ... One tackle Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore before being sidelined by quad strain.
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman (1999-2002) at Marshall, starting last three seasons ... Redshirted as true freshman in 1998 ... Totaled 277 tackles, four INTs, three sacks and 24 passes defensed ... Earned first team All-MAC honors as junior, with 88 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one INT and 10 passes defensed ... Second team All-MAC as senior with 126 tackles (two sacks) and 20 passes defensed.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Chesapeake, Va. ... Attended Deep Creek High School, where he twice earned all-region football honors ... All-state track performer at Deep Creek, ranking third in nation in 100-meter high hurdles as a senior in 1997 ... Competed on Marshall’s track team as a freshman ... Earned degree from Marshall, with double majors (sports management and marketing) ... Hobbies include traveling, golf and video games.
Nickel back Chris Crocker, one of 10 Bengals on the roster trying to reach the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years, has an idea about his winter wonderland.
When Chris Crocker meets the Browns this Sunday in Cleveland under the most bizarre of circumstances, it is the seventh different starting quarterback he'll line up against.
Even Clinton and Reagan didn't get third terms. But they couldn't play both safety and slot corner in defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's scheme. And so Chris Crocker is back for his third tenure with the Bengals after his inevitable signing hours before Wednesday's practice.
Cincinnati Bengals safety Chris Crocker steps in front of a pass thrown by New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and takes it to the house for a touchdown.