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Scanning the Free Agent Market: Who the Bengals Could Nab Before Camp Starts

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Free agent MLB E.J. Henderson has lowered his financial expectations.

Henderson is still shopping his wares in free agency, and is expected to receive some level of interest now that his financial situation is more realistic. Assuming he checks out physically, Henderson could be used as an insurance policy at middle linebacker, and is one of the higher profile names remaining on the free agent market.

The Bengals currently have the fifth most cap space at $16.3 million.

Now that Dontay Moch is suspended for the first 4 games of the NFL Season, along with a likely suspension coming for starting MLB Rey Maualuga, the Bengals have no choice but to sign another veteran to compete in training camp. The team may try and resign free agent LB Brandon Johnson, who’s started several games over the years for the Bengals. Here are some other likely targets:

Rocky McIntosh

Rocky was a solid player for the Redskins as a 4-3 LB his first 4 seasons, but was forced to transition to a 3-4 LB the past two seasons and has struggled to make that move. At only 29 years old, McIntosh still has room to develop under great defensive mind like Mike Zimmer. He could continue to get better, especially in the right scheme. He’s extremely durable, as he’s only missed 5 games in his 6 NFL seasons, and has started in 67 of a possible 76 games the past 5 seasons. In the past 5 seasons, he’s amassed 443 tackles and 8 sacks.