At the top of the “needs” list for the Cincinnati Bengals entering the 2013 season is a dynamic safety. Someone who hits hard, makes big plays, and doesn’t get beat by the deep ball. There are some solid options in the draft, and if one of those top safeties is available at the 21st spot in the first round, look for the Bengals to pounce. However, there are some pretty solid safeties available on the free agent market, and they just might be the newest members in stripes come March 12th.
Although it appears two free agent safeties are now off the market due to franchise tags, Jairus Byrd (Buffalo) and Glover Quin (Houston), there are quite a few viable options for the Bengals. With over a month separating free agency and the NFL Draft, the Bengals may not want to risk missing out in the draft, and have the potential to gobble up a very effective safety in free agency.
Safety was an absolute unanswered question in 2012. With the addition of Taylor Mays and Jason Allen in the offseason last season proving to have more questions than answers, the Bengals decided to resign recently cut safety, Chris Crocker. Crocker did put up decent stats, and for quite awhile was the only Bengals secondary player with an interception. Not bad for a guy who didn’t have a full offseason or even some games to prepare for his debut in 2012.