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?
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.