Free agency is here again, and carries a misnomer, because it’s not exactly free. Plenty of teams are making this move or that move and the Bengals have been very quiet. Too quiet? Possibly, but the Bengals are in a unique position. They’ve made great decisions in the recent drafts and in order to retain those players, they can’t go crazy during free agency. More importantly, the Bengals have been burned in free agency just as much as they’ve prospered.
With recent whiffs on players like Antwan Odom and Antonio Bryant, don’t look for Cincinnati to overspend nor go crazy over a free agent. Most recently the Broncos were big time spenders in free agency last year and were one and done in the playoffs, and the year before that, Philadelphia acquired the “dream team” in free agency and that amounted to nothing. As we watch teams court free agents, don’t put too much stock into Cincinnati sitting and waiting. When the right guy comes along at the right price, he’ll get signed. Until then, expect more of the same this off season
Kinda. None of the big names from the first week of free agency really made any sense to lock up on a big deal or long term, which is what most of those ‘pay-day seeking’ players were asking.
For example, while I would love for the Bengals to have signed a veteran safety like LaRon Landry, he wouldn’t have taken a 1 or 2 year deal, which is about as far as the Bengals are willing to lock up cap space because of the looming signings of Geno Atkins, AJ Green and Andy Dalton. I’m not fretting though – there are still some great roster adds out there who would take a loaded 2-year deal if they aren’t picked up in the next week. I’m not ruling out a player the caliber of Osi Umemyiora either… I think this is a game of opossum the Bengals are playing until they get Adam Jones and Andre Smith’s deals done.