NFL Free Agency: 3 Free Agents That Make Sense in Cincinnati

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Seattle CB Walter Thurmond returns the ball off an interception. Mandatory credit

Walter Thurmond CB, Seattle Seahawks

With most pundits expecting Cincinnati to take a corner with the 24th overall pick come May, safety for me is a more pressing need. With this signing, the team would be in a position to take the best available player whether it be safety, corner or a lineman on either side of the ball. Coming off a year where he won the Super Bowl, he has so far been a free agent that has flown under the radar. At just 26 he adds youth and depth in our defensive backfield and could start opposite Leon Hall or play nickel in our pass prevent packages. He also has shown he can ball in the playoffs. This could eventually add intangibles as well as he would be one of two members of our defense with a Super Bowl ring. He would help alongside Hall, Newman and Jones to groom Kirkpatrick and our eventual rookie defensive backs that will arrive in this years draft. I don’t expect him to carry a Sam Shields type price tag either and could be picked up relatively cheaply.

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  • Ron Fulton

    Matt, I like the way you think. Taking a corner or safety in the first round would be a mistake. Look at Dre, that should tell them something. They need to draft a linebacker or lineman if they lose Johnson.