I posted on Twitter last night that I would go crazy if the Bengals ended up signing Braylon Edwards after there were reports posted about the Bengals potentially being interested in adding him to their roster. There are some mixed feelings right now in Bengaldom about if the team should go ahead and sign a veteran free agent wide receiver, or leave their receiving corps the way it is. I firmly believe that Cincinnati should stick with the current roster. Here are some reasons why I feel this way.
First off, the Bengals have not had a good track record in the signing of aging, injured, or inconsistent veteran wide receivers. To replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the team signed Laveranues Coles in 2009 to a 4-year; $28 million contract to try to fill the void. After a lackluster performance with 43 receptions for 514 yards and 5 touchdowns, Coles was released in 2010. The following season, the Bengals decided to bring in Antonio Bryant to replace Coles. Bryant signed a similar deal with Cincinnati for 4-years, $28 million. He never played a down for the team. In that same season the Bengals also brought in Terrell Owens, who albeit played well that year, became a huge distraction when the team wasn’t winning, concentrating more on reality television than on football.
In 2010 the Bengals drafted Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Kansas with the 191st overall selection in the sixth round. Briscoe was a steal in that draft. He had a great frame, good size, great hands, and was a very crisp route runner. The Bengals liked Briscoe during camp and the preseason, but had to cut him and try to sign him to the practice squad because of the veteran wide receivers already on the roster. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers snatched Brisoce before the Bengals could get him on the practice squad. I still think Briscoe could be a solid number 2 wide receiver, but Cincinnati will never know.