So far, the free agency lottery has not hit in Cincinnati, and really that should not surprise anyone. The Bengals waited 9 days to sign anyone last season, and are staying put where they are. Yes, they have released veteran Center Kyle Cook, and veteran linebacker James Harrison, freeing up just over $4 million in cap space, but this team believes they can win with the team they have and build on it in the draft.
The only free agent, who has signed so far, is Dontay Moch, who was released by the Bengals in September of 2013, and who was most recently released by Arizona earlier this month. Yes, the Bengals have signed their own, Brandon Tate and Taylor Mays, and most recently Vincent Rey who they listed as a restricted free agent. Overall, like last year, this free agency has been rather uneventful.
In related news, the Bengals did extend Head Coach Marvin Lewis by one year, signing him through the 2015 season. Coley Harvey, Bengals NFL nation writer for ESPN tweeted, “Mike Brown likes consistency and he’s loyal, but he’s no fool. He wants to win in the playoffs now. One-year deals typically are ultimatums.” This is true, however, with that in mind, this is now the 7th contract or extension Lewis has signed since becoming head coach in 2003.
According to website overthecap.com, the Cincinnati Bengals have just over $28 million dollars to spend at the moment. This is the byproduct of a young team. Meaning, in order to sign those guys who are productive and build the organization, there has to be money available. Is it worth it to have someone like AJ Green potentially walk away because the Bengals had to spend money on someone who might help them win now? No one would want that to happen, but in a salary cap driven league, like the NFL, this very well could.