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NFL Free Agency Could help Bengals Ascend to Super Bowl Contenders

As Bengals fans anxiously await free agency to begin with their team having the most salary of any team to spend, combined with a young core of players returning that have been to back-to-back postseasons for the first time in three decades, optimism in the city of Cincinnati is at an all-time high. Could this finally be the year owner Mike Brown decides to open up the checkbook and be a big spender in free agency?

Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes the Bengals have a golden opportunity to take the next step in becoming a Super Bowl contender by going after some of this years’ top free agents:

What team is better positioned in free agency than Cincinnati, with 40 players under contract and $52 million available? Now, spending that money is another matter. The Bengals should re-sign Robert Geathers and Michael Johnson to keep their front seven strong, then go get one of the big receivers (Greg Jennings, Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace).


As long as they take care of their own first by resigning the likes of Michael Johnson, Andre Smith, Adam Jones, and Wallace Gilberry, adding just one of the above listed players could not only help Bengals ascend to the top of the AFC North past the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, but could be the difference in getting to East Rutherford next season for the 2014 Super Bowl.

Your move Mike.


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  • Rico

    I think we need Brian Hartline. I am a HUGE Buckeye fan and that’s not the reason. I say Brian Hartline cause he is a route runner. We have A.J. which is a deep threat and Hawkins in the slot now we need a pure route runner!! We truely need a 3 down back. BJGE isn’t cutting it with 2 yards here and 3 yards there and maybe a 25 yrd run every 6 games.

  • Daniel C. Wood

    We need Deandre Hopkins!!! The free agent market is ok for recievers but they will cost lots!!!! We can shore up safety with free agency and maby get a prooven linebacker in free agency. Jennings is hurt a lot and wallace is a whiney dude. We can get a good running back in the second or third round and we even can get good safetys later in the 3rd round. Our real bad spot last season was with the running game and 2nd reciever. Lets address those holes before we draft other needs. the free agent safetys and linebackers will come cheaper than recievers and reject running backs in free agency.