There has been a lot of talk on twitter about what free agent the Bengals are going after but I’m here to tell you all that we need to take a step back. Yes we have the most cap space in the league but that is due to all the free agents we currently have. We have to keep our core players before we can even consider any free agent. There are 3 players on our roster that are critical to the future of the franchise and it would be devastating to let even one of them go.
Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s start with who is going to want the most money, A.J. Green. That’s not a hit on Green’s greediness but how much the receiver position is valued. Calvin Johnson, who AJ Green will be on par with or better in two years, signed the most recent giant contract for receivers with an 8 year 132 million dollar deal.
That averages to around 16.5 million dollars a year which is a tremendous amount of money. Plus, with how much salaries have been going up lately and how good Green can be, he may want even more and the Bengals must be prepared to give him all the money he wants. Letting AJ walk would set back the franchise a couple seasons which the front office cannot allow.
If we spend all of our money the next two seasons on other free agents, we will have no money left. AJ Green is the number 1 priority and the Bengals have to have his huge extension in mind.