Week in Review: Should, but Won’t: Bengals Free Agency Edition

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The Cincinnati Bengals are notorious for having a lot of cap room and not spending any of it. With the new CBA Rules on the salary cap in place Mike Brown, for once in his life, is forced to spend money.

As reported many times by multiple sites, the Bengals have the most spending money out of anyone in the NFL this offseason. John Clayton reported earlier this year on ESPN.Com, that the Cincinnati Bengals have approximately 55.1 Million dollars in cap space. This does not necessarily mean that Mike Brown will spend all of it; however,  according the Collective Bargaining Agreement, from the 2013 season through the 2016 season, all NFL team are required to spend on average 89% of their salary cap per year.

With the Salary Cap set at around the 120 Million Dollar mark, this puts the Bengals at 64.9 Million of that cap currently used. Now since Brown has to spend ON AVERAGE 89% over the next 4 years, of that 55.1 Million, he has to spend 41.9 Million dollars ON AVERAGE this season.

So with roughly 42 Million dollars to spend this offseason, here is a list of affordable players, by positions that are needed or could use an upgrade on the Bengals Roster. This is also a list of candidates that Brown SHOULD attempt to sign, but probably won’t even give a second look.

Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


1. Reggie Bush (MIA)

– Even though Reggie Bush is considered one of the mote pricier running backs, especially for his production, he would compliment BenJarvus Green-Ellis’s “bruiser” ,and I use that term lightly, style of running. Bush has been inconsistant of there last couple of years, but he would not be used to the extent as he was in Miami. It would be more of a situation of one toward the one he had in New Orleans. A change of pace back, who is reliable on third down, and can catch out of the back field.

2. Rashard Mendenhall (PIT)

– Yes I know that this name puts a bad taste in our mouths, but put it in this point of view. He probably would not cost you much. He provides more speed than that of which Green-Ellis provides, and he runs violently. He has the rare combination of size, speed, and the much over looked “mean streak”. It has been taken into consideration that he is very injury prone; however, with the money you spend and the fact that Green-Ellis still has three years left on his contract, you have a reliable plan B incase he gets hurt, which takes the risk out of the High Risk, High Reward cliche.

3. Danny Woodhead (NE)

– Although this option seems very realistic with the belief that New England runs a system where they can put any player in and produce; however, Danny Woodhead has already stated he would take a pay cut to stay with New England. If it was not for that fact, he would seem like a very believe-able option. The Bengals organization already trusts the players that come out of New England with their most recent addition at running back. Plus you can add that Woodhead would feel comfortable sharing snaps and carries with Green-Ellis considering they have had a history of it.