Chris Baker (defensive lineman)

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Chris Baker
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Baker in the 2013 NFL season.
No. 92     Washington Redskins
Nose Tackle / Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-08) October 8, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Windsor, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 333 lb (151 kg)
Career information
High school: Windsor (CT)
College: Hampton
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-MEAC (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 42
Sacks 1.0
Pass deflections 2
Forced fumbles 0
Stats at NFL.com

Christopher Isaiah Baker (born October 8, 1987) is an American football nose tackle and defensive end[1] for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). After the 2009 NFL Draft, Baker was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent.[2] He played college football at Hampton University. He played high school football at Windsor High School.

Baker has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins and the Hartford Colonials.

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Baker signed with the Denver Broncos on April 27, 2009.[3] He played one game for the Broncos for the 2009 season. On September 3, 2010, the Broncos released Baker.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On October 10, 2010, Baker was signed to the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins. He was promoted to the active 53-man roster on November 26, 2010. He played one game for the Dolphins in the 2010 season. The Dolphins released him on July 31, 2011.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On September 5, 2011, the Washington Redskins signed Baker to its practice squad. On December 6, 2011, Baker was promoted from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster.[4] Without even playing a game for the Redskins, he was placed on injured reserve due to a quad injury on December 13, 2011.[5]

By the start of 2012 training camp, Baker was fully healed and was expected to compete with Chris Neild for the backup nose tackle position.[6][7] After Neild was placed on injured reserve in the preseason, Baker made the final 53-man roster in his place.

Originally set to become a restricted free agent, the Redskins tendered a restricted free-agent right-of-first-refusal qualifying offer to Baker on March 11, 2013.[8] Baker officially accepted and signed the team's tender on April 10.[9] He recorded his first career sack on Jay Cutler in the Week 7 win against the Chicago Bears.[10][11]

Set to become a restricted free agent again for the 2014 NFL season, the Redskins announced they had resigned Baker to a three year deal worth $12 million, with $4 million guaranteed.[12]

Personal[edit]

Baker has been childhood friends with fellow defensive linemen Terrance Knighton of the Denver Broncos and Damik Scafe of the San Diego Chargers since high school, where the three of them were teammates.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keim, John (August 10, 2012). "Redskins vs. Bills game review (defense)". WashingtonExaminer.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  2. ^ http://www.draftcountdown.com/features/Underclassmen.php
  3. ^ http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/77999/chris-baker
  4. ^ "Redskins promote NT Chris Baker to 53-man roster". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Chris Baker to IR; Richard Quinn signed". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  6. ^ Jones, Mike (August 2, 2012). "Redskins training camp: Chris Baker is aiming for a spot in defensive line rotation". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  7. ^ Yanda, Steve (August 3, 2012). "Redskins training camp: Chris Neild is in tough competition with Chris Baker at nose tackle". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  8. ^ Jones, Mike (March 11, 2013). "Redskins tender restricted free agent Chris Baker, will let Brandon Banks walk". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  9. ^ Campbell, Rich (April 10, 2013). "Redskins DL Chris Baker signs his restricted free agent tender". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  10. ^ Tinsman, Brian (October 21, 2013). "Redskins-Bears Monday Stats Pack". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  11. ^ Zappulla, Jordan (October 22, 2013). "Sunday's Win Chock-Full Of Redskins Firsts". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  12. ^ Jones, Mike (February 27, 2014). "Redskins re-sign defensive lineman Chris Baker". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  13. ^ Herting, Chris (March 22, 2013). "Friends’ Pact Turns Dream Come True". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 

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