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Best of 2011: ESPN.com’s Dream Team of Tomorrow provides hope for Bengals

By Editorial Staff
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But, that’s a lot of weight to carry on their backs alone. Unfortunately, the Bengals have no veterans already amongst the game’s elite. Arguably our best player is Andrew Whitworth, a Pro Bowl snub last year and the only Bengal ranked by Peter King in the NFL’s top 100.

The Bengals haven’t had many Pro Bowlers in the past few years. In fact, no one made it in both 2011 and 2009. Here’s a look at how the Bengals have fared in the last 5 Pro Bowls:

  • 2011: None
  • 2010: Chad Ochocinco (replacement due to injured player)
  • 2009: None
  • 2008: TJ Houshmanzadeh, Chad Johnson (replacement due to injured player)
  • 2007: Carson Palmer [Pro Bowl MVP], Chad Johnson, Willie Anderson
    • Roy Williams (Cowboys)
    • Terrell Owens (Cowboys) [All-Pro]

TJ Houshmanzadeh and Willie Anderson are gone. With Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Carson Palmer all expected to leave next year, the Bengals lone former Pro Bowler might be Safety Roy Williams. But, with Reggie Nelson and Chris Crocker under contract and expected to start, the aging Roy Williams is a free agent and probably won’t return.

Which leaves the Bengals with zero former Pro Bowlers on the entire team. I guess that’s truly indicative of a new chapter in Bengals history.

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