Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Things to Know About Chris Baker

A few things to know about the Bucs' new defensive lineman.


  1. He was one of the NFL's top interior defensive linemen in 2016.  **
    According to Pro Football Focus, Baker was the No. 18 interior defensive lineman in the NFL a year ago. With his signing, the Buccaneers now have two defensive tackles who were among the top 20 in the league. Gerald McCoy was rated as the NFL's No. 10 player at his position. Baker was rated No. 18 against the run and No. 28 against the pass.

2. He was one of the best available free agents.
In Around the NFL's Top Free Agents list, Baker was listed among the best available player in this year's class. He was No. 26, and was the fifth-best defensive tackle. Brandon Williams (No. 3), Dontari Poe (10), Jonathan Hankins (11) and Alan Branch (24) rounded out the top five.


  1. He was high school teammates with two other NFL defensive linemen.**
    Windsor High School in Connecticut might have had one of the most dominant defensive lines in the country when Baker attended. He was joined on the D-line by fellow NFL players Terrance Knighton and Damik Scafe. According to the Redskins’ website, Knighton was the Best Man at Baker's wedding.

4. He was a standout basketball player.  
Baker excelled on the basketball court and gave up football his sophomore year of high school to focus on his basketball career. He would return to the football field his junior and senior seasons and finished his high school career as a two-time All-State selection.

5. His friends call him Swaggy.
Those close to Baker refer to him as "Swaggy." When it became clear that he would on longer be a member of the Redskins, the team tweeted a graphic with the words, "Thank You Swaggy" printed on it. After agreeing to terms with the Bucs, his first Tweet included the hashtag #SwaggyToTampa.

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