Slow Start, Strong Finish Defines Cincinnati Bengals Offseason

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This off-season seemed to begin on a very slow note for Cincinnati, angering many of the fans, including myself. The attitude could be summed up by saying, “ We’re coming off of two great years for the franchise, making back-to-back playoffs appearances, and now we’re just going to be content with that?” Or at least, that was my opinion at first.

What I slowly realized was that the front office was quietly having quite the productive off-season. The idea was simply to resign as many important skill players as they could.

Heading into the 2013 season, it is certainly an exciting idea to consider that basically all of our key players on defense are returning. The same players on the same defense that could potentially lead the NFL next year. It’s certainly a shoe-in for the top-five.

Especially after we’ve become even nastier. Once we identified the one thing that we were missing, a vocal leader, we promptly went out and found the scariest, most fear-injecting, manhandling person left in the NFL.

May 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison walks off the field after organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

James Harrison.

If you call yourself a Bengals fan and somehow didn’t know this, you are welcome to let out a collective gasp at this time.

I certainly did when I first heard of the signing.

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