Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players to Move on From

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Bengals have an issue, with 15 players set to hit free agency. Re-signing these players should be a priority, but not for these five guys.

Free agency is coming soon, and the Cincinnati Bengals will be hamstrung to re-sign all 15 of their players who are pending free agents. It’s completely unrealistic to think that Cincinnati will be able to sign 10 of these players, let alone all 15 guys. In order to ensure an ability to re-sign key guys like George IlokaMarvin JonesMohamed Sanu and Reggie Nelson, the Bengals are going to have to cut some ties.

If the Bengals were to take field without these 15 guys, they’d be missing both of their starting safeties, two of their three top wide receivers, two of their top three corners and a couple of reliable offensive linemen–not to mention depth across both sides of the ball.

Having gone one-and-done in the playoffs for five straight years, it’s entirely possible that Cincinnati has become a less ideal location for free agents. A complete overhaul of the coaching staff due to poaching from opposing teams doesn’t help the Bengals’ case much, either.

Players heading to Cincinnati know what to expect: 17 games per season, cold weather, yearly coaching turnover and management that is stingy in handing out money. That’s why re-signing key players who are already on the roster is so important; Cincinnati isn’t an ideal location for players who are looking for a new home. (Nothing against the Queen City, however, which is a wonderful place). But with so many Bengals commanding high salaries, Cincinnati will be forced to cut ties with some of its top players.

With that, let’s take a look at five players who Cincinnati should move on from.

Next: 1. Andre Smith

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