As it stands, the Bengals will have a gaping hole at safety with free agents Nate Clements and Chris Crocker not expected to re-sign, leaving enigmatic Taylor Mays and special-teams captain Jeromy Miles to defend the back-end of the Bengals secondary. In 2012, Goldson totaled 69 tackles, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and three interceptions while being named to the NFL All-Pro Team.
So why not pursue the best safety on the market? Goldson is reportedly seeking $8 million per year, but if the Bengals don’t re-sign offensive tackle Andre Smith, they’ll likely the most available salary cap in the NFL once free agency opens. Mike Brown can’t pocket that money anymore, as the minimum spending rule goes into effect this year, and that will force Brown to pursue at least one quality free agent.
Normally, this would be a non-story, but because of extenuating circumstances, the Bengals signing Golsdon isn’t out of the realm of possibility.