The Cincinnati Bengals need to make moves this offseason to be competitive in 2016. Free agency is an option; signing one of these free agents could be big.
The Cincinnati Bengals have 15 free agents set to hit the free market in 2016 and it is unrealistic to think they will make every deal. The Bengals will need to look at least into the free agent market to decide whether or not to make a play for certain players who may try to price themselves outside of the Bengals price range. Here are my top five free agents to consider going into the 2016 free agent period, which starts officially March 15th at 4PM EST.
WR: Jermaine Kearse
Every year I provide at least one dream player that I would love to see in stripes.Jermaine Kearse
would be that guy. If the Bengals went after Kearse, it would be to replaceMarvin Jones
, who might just test free agency–especially with Hue Jackson now in Cleveland. As much as I would love to see Marvin Jones return, since he is arguably the best number two wide receiver in the league, it is feasible that someone, like Cleveland, could give him top receiver money.
Jermaine Kearse is the number two behind Doug Baldwin but has been a vital part of the Seahawks success late this season. He finished this year with 49 catches for 685 yards, an average of 14 yards per catch and five touchdowns. He and Jones are two very good options at number two and should be both in the same price realm when it comes to money the Bengals can offer.
The Seahawks have the advantage since Kearse is a Washington state kid and might take a hometown discount, but don’t hesitate to think that if the money is right, he wouldn’t be open to going elsewhere. How much? My guess is in the three to four years at about 14 to 18 million dollars.
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