Five Bold Predictions for Bengals Off-Season

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Clint Bolin


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The Bengals Do Not Re-Sign Clint Boling

Left guard Clint Boling had a fantastic year in 2014 especially when considering he had tore his ACL in 2013.  Boling performed so well that he earned the third-best grade amongst free agents guards per Pro Football Focus.

Although Clint Boling has proven himself to be a very capable guard and an important piece for the Bengals, he could command much money and find better offers outside of Cincinnati.  If the situation is right, could he choose to move on in search of “greener” pastures much in the way both Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins did this past off-season?  The NFL is a business and players only get so much time to earn.  Who would understand this better than a player who’s already had a brush with a serious injury?  Boling’s ACL injury could impact his decision-making going forward.

This year’s draft features some talented guards who would perform well within Cincinnati’s power running system.  A.J. Cann out of South Carolina headlines the group.  But with several guards potentially going between the third and fourth round, as well as tackles who could slide inside a la Greg Robinson this past season, the Bengals could find a replacement for Boling if necessary.

Again, with several selections in this year’s draft, the Bengals can allow themselves some flexibility when drafting versus bogging themselves down in search of specific positional players.  Using one of these selections to find a replacement for Clint Boling may be necessary if another team is able to lure him away.

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