The Bengals Look To Keep Their Own During Free Agency
The Cincinnati Bengals have one of the youngest and promising teams in football and are coming off back to back playoff appearances. Bengals president Mike Brown has stated that their priority was to spend money in house to keep their young players, which they most certainly have so far.
They were quick to keep their sixth rank defense intact franchising defensive end Michael Johnson and resigned two other starters Robert Geathers, middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, and third string corner Adam Jones. Cincinnati also plans to resign CB Terrance Newman, but the corner’s agent has not been heard. With Newman interested in getting a deal done asap he has been sending out tweets trying to get in touch with him so this deal is likely to get done soon.
The Bengals biggest loss would be RT Andre Smith which looks very possible as the the two have yet to have any talks despite the club wanting to do a deal since free agency began. This may affect their draft in one that is rich in offensive line talent, but it may not appease many fans who want to see another play-maker on the offense.
Bengals fans may have to be content with some of the players theyalready have and understand they will need the money to lock up the growing talent they already possess in the very near future. The best bet for Cincinnati to add weapons at this point is the same way they have been, through the draft.
A major part of the plan for the Bengals this off-season was to roll 10 million dollars from this year’s cap into next year to anticipate the re-signing of their young stars including QB Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, TE Jermaine Gresham, and defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Having resigned some young players this season and having such a young core president Mike Brown has stated “ The heart of this team is in place “ and the fans have much to be excited about in Cincinnati.
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