According to Laine’s report, Baker’s lack of effort in practice was a constant issue.
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The 30-year-old Baker entered the league with Denver in 2009 as an undrafted free agent. He played one season for the Broncos and one for Miami before signing with Washington. After one season on the practice squad in 2011, Baker appeared in 76 games in five seasons from 2012-16.
He signed a three-year, $15.8 million deal last offseason with Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers were willing to part ways after just one season.
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“I’m back with people who believe in me. Happy to move forward,” Baker told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Baker’s move to Cincinnati reunites him with defensive line coach Jacob Burney, who worked with him in Washington from 2011-14. Bengals linebackers coach Jim Haslett also was on the Redskins staff at the time.
The addition gives the Bengals some more depth on the interior defensive line with the Bengals expected to let 10-year veteran Pat Sims leave in free agency.
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Baker is expected to compete with 2016 fourth-round pick Andrew Billings, 2017 fourth-round pick Ryan Glasgow for the spot alongside Pro Bowler Geno Atkins.
Defensive end Chris Smith also played inside at times, but he is set to become an unrestricted free agent next week.