Well, here we go with some of the first salary cap and rebuilding cuts. In Atlanta, notable TE Alge Crumpler was cut today, along with DL Rod Coleman (a 2005 Pro Bowler and big time interior lineman). CB Lawyer Milloy hasn’t been cut yet, but looks to be headed to the chopping block. QB Byron Leftwhich was also cut, after another disappointing, injury plagued year. Former Bengal Marcus Wilkins was also cut today too.
From the Bengals perspective, not talking to Crumpler or Coleman’s agent right now would be a mistake. Either player would have an IMMEDIATE impact in Cincinnati, and both could be had for less than Justin Smith’s $8+ million he’s looking for, and have 2 impact players, not just one DE who only knows the outside, speed rush move. (Didn’t someone ever teach him the swim move?)
If Malloy were to be cut, he could be the veteran DB, although I’m pretty happy with Leon Hall and Ndukwe in the back of the defense right now. Hopefully this offseason will bring it together for those two and really slow the game down for them so they move up another level in play.