Nov 18, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) returns the punt for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
1. Aqib Talib (NE)
– When New England took a gamble on Talib last season, that got more and then some from what they expected. He may not have had the interceptions or the passes defensed that teams looked for, but he played a roll of one similar to Leon Hall. If the receiver is covered, do not throw his way. Talib plays very tight coverage. He did however have 10 passes defensed through 10 games this season. This of course was with Tampa bay as well. Many people are concerned with character issues off the field but recently it has not been an issue for Marvin Lewis (KNOCK ON WOOD) and yes that did need to be in all caps, but it has not stopped the Bengal from signing players now or in the past.
2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (PHI)
– With Chip Kelly in as the Head Coach in Philadelphia, there are going to be some major changes, one of which is cleaning the house defensively. It may not be the best move for Philly, but Kelly is an offensive minded coach and Rodgers-Cromartie made quite a bit of money with a base salary of 3.1 million. He was part of the Vince Young Proclaimed, “Dream Team” and Philly is trying to completely rid themselves of that. While not being able to re-sign Rodgers-Cromartie may not be the best decision for Philly, the Bengals signing him would be a good decision. He also has no history of injury, and had 3 interceptions, with 17 passes defensed in 2012.
Remember, these are the players on the list of Should, but Won’t. This doesn’t mean that the Bengals won’t surprise us, but the chances are thin. Hope and pray, but do not expect any of this.