Nov 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
During the 2012 season, the Bengals failed to get consistant play out of the safety position, outside of free safety Reggie Nelson. During the offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals must address the safety position, be it through the draft or through free agency, if they wish to take the next step to becoming a championship caliber team.
Next month, the contracts of both Chris Crocker and Nate Clements will expire, and the two of them will become free agents. While both Clements and Crocker played quality football for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, it is about time for the Bengals to look for a more youthful approach at the strong safety position. There is an abundance of talent in the free agent class this year, and the Bengals, with a projected $55 million in cap space, could look to one of these players to fill the need at the safety position.
This year’s free agent defensive back class is a talented group of athletes, including players like Dashon Goldson and LaRon Landry. Bringing in a player like Goldson or Landry would give the Bengals a hard hitting strong safety with a nose for the football to play alongside Reggie Nelson in the secondary.