Free agency is always an interesting time for the Cincinnati Bengals. Take out the disastrous signing of Antonio Bryant in 2010 and the Bengals have done pretty well. Remember, there is a reason why guys are free agents in the first place, either because they couldn’t reach an agreement with their previous team, or there was no interest from the team they left. Either way, some of the Bengals needs could be answered in free agency.
Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) catches a pass for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback Ron Bartell (21) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
This starts with the #2 receiver question. Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu can fill the void at the #2 receiver spot, because both are big guys with good hands and playmaking ability. They lack experience. Both have played only in a handful of games combined, and although they have huge upsides, inexperience is a key issue. Who is available in free agency? Potential wide receiver candidates include Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, and Brian Hartline.
In the 4 games the Bengals had a defined #2 receiver, they outscored opponents 116-60, and the opposing defenses had no choice but to leave A.J. Green in single coverage. Bringing in one of these veterans to help teach these second year guys the #2 receiver position may pay dividends in the future and may help pave this road through the playoffs.
The Bengals also rely heavily on the draft, and in recent years have not disappointed. We have yet to see what Dre Kirkpatrick can bring to the table and the development of past players show the Bengals are moving in the right direction. Look for the Bengals to draft strongly, including taking a solid safety, potential home run hitting running back, good cover linebacker, and more offensive line help.