Having been a fan for such a long time, I never expected the Bengals to make a play for the biggest free agents. I didn’t look for Mario Williams, Cortland Finnegan, Vincent Jackson, or Brandon Carr to be considered. I know how Brown works, and expected some of the 2nd and 3rd tier guys to start trickling in for visits after the first few days of free agency. Sure enough, visits were scheduled with Tracy Porter, Michael Bush, BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Jason Allen, and a few others. Most of these visits took place yesterday and today, and I waited to see if we could sign a few, especially important with the inability to re-sign any of our own guys thus far. Imagine my disappointment when all of them finished up their visits and left without contracts.
The Bengals have already lost Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker, and appear likely to lose Reggie Nelson. They also need help at cornerback, guard, and running back. This can’t all be acquired in the draft, so bringing in a quality player or two like Porter and Bush would do a lot to not only improve the team, but show fans that the front office actually cares about putting a winning product on the field. Fans want a reason to believe, but are often left to wonder, leading to more apathy from the fanbase and then to more empty seats on gameday.