2016 Cincinnati Bengals: Who Will Still Be Here?

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Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mohamed Sanu

Sanu became Andy Dalton’s second target last year after Marvin Jones’ various injuries. Sanu statistically had his best season with 790 yards and five touchdowns. However, I am not a huge Sanu supporter due to his drops.

He led the NFL in drops with 14, and he is not a guy who can be considered a speed guy. Marvin Jones is far more valuable to the Bengals, provided he is healthy. Some team will overpay him in free agency next year, and I certainly hope the Bengals do not make an offer to Sanu.

Reggie Nelson

Reggie Nelson has been the anchor in the Bengals’ secondary since he arrived in Cincinnati during the 2010 season. Last year, he had 95 tackles, which was the highest of his career. He is playing at an extremely high level, but Shawn Williams is looking for an opportunity to play.

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The Bengals have been very vocal about expectations on Williams for 2015. I believe the Bengals will re-sign George Iloka and thank Nelson for his time in Cincinnati. Youth will prevail, and Nelson will likely seek a new home next year.

As stated above, the 2016 Cincinnati Bengals will look remarkably different than the 2015 version. For the Bengals’ sake, I hope all impending free agents play up to their highest level for the 2015 season. Even if they do all play at a high level, I am okay with some of these guys leaving in free agency. One fact is certain: change is coming to Paul Brown Stadium.

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