Cincinnati Bengals: Top 5 Free Agents to Target

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Jan 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) catches a three yard touchdown past Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (not pictured) in the fourth quarter during the NFC Divisional round playoff game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) catches a three yard touchdown past Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (not pictured) in the fourth quarter during the NFC Divisional round playoff game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Brandon Boykin (25) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Brandon Boykin (25) during the second quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

CB: Brandon Boykin

OK, when I say a Steeler, I should probably lead with a former Eagle turned one-year Steeler.

Brandon Boykin

was under-utilized in Pittsburgh, but his skill set would make him a solid third corner, or secondary outside corner. He has great coverage skills and could be a huge asset if the Bengals lose

Adam Jones

or

Leon Hall

, which is possible for one or both. If you take into account his closing speed and ability to make plays on the ball, Boykin is an asset that should be persuaded to come to Cincinnati–especially since he would be coming from Pittsburgh.

Despite an unimpressive to start the season, Boykin finished strong with four pass deflections, an interception, a sack, 18 tackles and a forced fumble–and that was just in his last five games. That was all for the price tag of $1.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract. The Bengals could easily afford that, if not stretching it to $1.75 to $2 million. With Leon Hall all but gone, Boykin would be a solid third corner in the Bengals rotation.

Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard will return next season, but both players have been injury-prone in the past. Boykin, while somewhat injury-prone, would be a solid rotation player and could provide the Bengals depth that they have been lacking in years past.

I think a two to three year contract between $3.25 million to $5 million gets his attention and pulls him away from the Bengals’ arch-enemies.

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