But what if the coaching staff realizes Williams isn’t the answer? Perhaps the Bengals could opt to sign a veteran like, say, Charles Woodson…
NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling looked at the top free agents left and where they would fit best, and he listed the Bengals as the best fit for the future hall-of-fame cornerback/safety:
He might have one bounce-back season left, similar to Ronde Barber in 2012. The Cincinnati Bengals could use Woodson’s versatility, postseason experience and leadership to get past the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Best fit: Cincinnati Bengals
After watching Taylor Mays open the 2012 season as the starting strong safety, only to have Chris Crocker come off of the street to replace him, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the same scenario play out this year. Don’t rule out Nate Clements re-signing at some point either. He transitioned to safety last year decently, and would be one of the cheaper, yet safer options, as he’ll be familiar with Mike Zimmer’s system and ready to step in immediately.