The Cincinnati Bengals announced the release of cornerback Jason Allen today, which will save the team $3.2 million in salary cap space next season. Ironically, this news came just a few hours after news of free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby visiting, as well as free agent safety Kerry Rhodes having visited on Monday. They also hosted free agent linebacker Akeem Jordan yesterday, and recently held a workout with running back Felix Jones. Could Allen’s release signal a signing in the next day or two?
Don’t bet on it. While the Bengals typically do like to wait until the latter stages of free agency to make multiple signings, with 15 days until the 2013 NFL Draft, they’re simply establishing a series of backup plans at various positions of need.
The Bengals will likely be targeting a number of linebackers, running backs, and safeties in the draft. If say, they miss out on the linebackers they have targeted, they’ll have Dansby on Jordan on speed dial to sign one of them. If they are unable to land a RB, which seems to happen to the Bengals frequently in the draft, they’ll have Jones waiting in the wings.