In a recent Q & A session, Bengals Beat Writer Joe Reedy floated an interesting idea of how the Cincinnati Bengals can re-sign defensive tackle Geno Atkins this offseason:
There has already been some informal stuff but things should begin to heat up pretty soon. With the money that Atkins is going to command and the cap space the Bengals have this year, it would be in their best interest to get something done during the offseason in case they wanted to throw in a large roster bonus and have it count this year.
ESPN’ Matt Williamson handed out his offseason grades for every NFL team, and his assessment of the Bengals wasn’t exactly the praise many other have given Cincinnati this offseason:
Williamson’s grade: C-plus.
Williamson’s comment: The Bengals have one of the more talented young rosters in the NFL right now, but what worries me most is the quarterback. I grade Cincinnati negatively for not using even a mid-round pick on a guy like Ryan Nassib or Tyler Wilson to push Andy Dalton and provide some sort of a backup plan. In the end though, considering how much cap space they had and their draft resources, I would have liked to have seen the Bengals do a little more this offseason.
So, the Bengals got a bad grade for not drafting a backup quarterback? Ok then.