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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 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Dwight Lowery (33) tackles Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) as he releases the ball at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts safety Dwight Lowery (33) tackles Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) as he releases the ball at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

FS: Dwight Lowery

First and foremost, I hope the Bengals are able to work out deals with both

George Iloka

and

Reggie Nelson

, but signing Iloka must be a priority.

Dwight Lowery

could be a decent option, however, if Cincinnati cannot get something done with Reggie Nelson. Yes, I realize that

Shawn Williams

could be a solid option but I think he is more of a strong safety than free safety, which is what they would need if Nelson did depart.

Dwight Lowery had a solid season in a year that the Colts would love to forget quickly. His four interceptions, eight pass deflections sack and 76 tackles helped Indianapolis keep its head above water. He returned one interception 69 yards for a touchdown, which helped to lift the Colts to a victory over Tennessee, 35-33, in Week 3. Lowery can make a difference–and just shy of his 30th birthday–still has a few years left in the NFL.

Lowery provides a leadership and experience in the secondary similar to that of Reggie Nelson. His last two years with the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts have been arguably his best. Improving on a yearly basis, Lowery looks like a solid option if either Bengals safety were to leave. Coming off a contract worth just 4 million dollars, Lowery could even come at a very reasonable price.

Ideally, the Bengals should aim to get him for a value between 3 million and 4 million dollars a year for two to three years. They’d save a little cap space from what Nelson may demand and use the extra money to convince Iloka to remain in Cincinnati.

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