According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bengals just added some depth to their secondary.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2014
Manning was released by the Houston Texans earlier this week after missing ten games with a broken leg last season. His addition to the free agent market was short-lived as the Bengals moved quickly to snatch him up.
This move likely signals the end of unrestricted free agent Chris Crocker’s career in Cincinnati. A 12-year player, Crocker had served as the veteran presence in the Bengals secondary. Now, with the signing of Manning, it seems as if his role has been filled.
While the 31-year-old veteran won’t necessarily be a starter, Manning will be able to provide strong competition for incumbent safeties George Iloka, Reggie Nelson and the newly re-signed Taylor Mays. If anything, Manning’s experience should help push the young safety corps forward next year.
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