At this point, most of Bengaldom is past the knowledge that the Bengals have $55.1M in cap space and have moved into the realm of reality that while it may be nice to think that Owner Mike Brown will finally shell out the money required to fill his roster, its far more likely that frugality will once again be the hallmark of the cardiac cats. Furthering our state of mind, those more closing following the money are begrudgingly understanding that while Cincinnati certainly has a plethora of free agents to resign in the here-and-now, a degree of cap space must be maintained for the 2014 and 2015 off-seasons when some extremely large paydays are anticipated; namely Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Geno Atkins. Still, there is always the present to consider.
Oct 7, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) celebrates with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after Green scored a touchdown during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium. The Dolphins won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Playing to the obvious yet again, the Bengals have some striking positional needs – running back and safety – as well as positions the will require improvement and depth – linebacker and defensive end. It’s interesting to note that the cornerback position is rarely mentioned in this regard, considering some of the historical trends witnessed from Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer’s employment of the secondary.