The 2012 NFL free agency period has ended its 2nd week, and after the expected slow start, the Cincinnati Bengals have made some moves, losing some, but adding others. Fans, as usual, have been outspoken in their annoyance at Mike Brown’s reluctance to add a big name, and their issues with Brown’s free agent strategy. Here are some of those moves, and my thoughts on them.
Loss of defensive linemen Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker, signing of Derrick Harvey and Jamaal Anderson: The two linemen were a big part of the rotation last year for coordinator Mike Zimmer. Both were very effective in keeping the line fresh, and in getting to the quarterback. Fanene went to New England while Rucker went to Cleveland. Rucker got a large payday, and thus was too expensive. Fanene was affordable, but gets a chance to start for the Patriots, so can’t be faulted for that. As for Harvey, he was a former top ten draft pick who never lived up to his billing. He adds depth to the line, and hopefully can resurrect his career, like Cedric Benson did. Anderson, another former 1st round pick, is a good run stuffer, and I like the signing a lot.