Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent Priorities

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There has been a lot of talk on twitter about what free agent the Bengals are going after but I’m here to tell you all that we need to take a step back. Yes we have the most cap space in the league but that is due to all the free agents we currently have. We have to keep our core players before we can even consider any free agent. There are 3 players on our roster that are critical to the future of the franchise and it would be devastating to let even one of them go.

 

Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s start with who is going to want the most money, A.J. Green. That’s not a hit on Green’s greediness but how much the receiver position is valued. Calvin Johnson, who AJ Green will be on par with or better in two years, signed the most recent giant contract for receivers with an 8 year 132 million dollar deal.

That averages to around 16.5 million dollars a year which is a tremendous amount of money. Plus, with how much salaries have been going up lately and how good Green can be, he may want even more and the Bengals must be prepared to give him all the money he wants. Letting AJ walk would set back the franchise a couple seasons which the front office cannot allow.

If we spend all of our money the next two seasons on other free agents, we will have no money left. AJ Green is the number 1 priority and the Bengals have to have his huge extension in mind.

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  • rich g.

    One of the main reasons I try to avoid your site is because of your lack of knowledge yet you try to state it as fact and you’re usually wrong, for example due to the knew CBA teams can’t restructure rookie contracts until after their 3rd season, AJs contract isn’t a factor until after next season so your entire article is now flawed and your typical reader takes it as fact. If I didn’t have the Bengals app I wouldn’t consider reading your articles…

    • kyg

      that does not change the fact that green will demand the brinks truck be opened to the fullest and part of building a great team is planning for the future. it might not be a factor now but the point is that it will be a factor that has to be dealt with.

      • rich g.

        The post is saying half the cap from THIS YEAR is locked up in AJ and Geno, I agree they need to plan for next year and the year after, this post is talking about the cap this year, not next season. They post incorrect information on this site all the time.

        “With his contract expiring soon, Atkins right now is the number 1
        priority in re-signing and I honestly wouldn’t feel comfortable having
        him go into next season without an extension. Hopefully when the Bengals
        sign Atkins to an extension, that’s at least 12 million on the books
        right there. That combined with AJ’s is close to 29 million dollars and
        pretty much cuts our cap space in half.”

        And unless you’re a member of the team in someway please refrain from using “our”……

        • http://twitter.com/Cfitzwrites Chase Fitzgerald

          The main point in this article is we have to keep those extensions in mind. Signing Mike Wallace to a big contract this season is not a good idea if we want to keep our core players. Yes we would be able to spend that amount of money this this year but when AJ wants his extension no way we are able to afford him Atkins, Wallace/welker/big name free agent, Andre Smith, M. Johnson, and Dunlap and plus no big free agents would want one year deals so don’t use that argument. And I will use we and our when refering to the Bengals as do most fans because the Bengals are a very good portion of my life and they are nothing without the fans as we are all part of the team. I go to games and buy jerseys and support the team. I and thousands of other Bengals fans are qualified to say that.

  • kyg

    im not going to argue about it, i agree that the way the info was presented is kind of misleading but i didnt take it that way, more of a ready the team for future spending kind of comment in my opinion.