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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Jan 3, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The bengals won 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The bengals won 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Wallace Gilberry, Defensive Lineman

Wallace Gilberry has been a solid defensive linemen for Cincinnati over the past four seasons, mainly serving as a backup capable of playing any position on the line. During his time in Cincinnati, Gilberry played in all but two games, tallying 119 tackles, 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, six pass deflections and eight run stuffs.

While Gilberry has been incredibly versatile and reliable, it’s time to move on. Gilberry doesn’t have any flashy character concerns, but he has shown a temper on the field that could prove to be dangerous. When Steelers coach Joey Porter was on the field in Cincinnati’s Wild Card loss, Gilberry walked by the coach and gave him a nudge–something that could’ve ultimately resulted in a penalty. There have been other similar occurrences during Gilberry’s tenure, and the Bengals are likely sick of it.

In addition, the defensive linemen is now 31 years old, and his cap hit is much higher than those of most rotation players in the league. Marcus Hardison has had a season to sit and learn, so he should be ready to compete for snaps. And in the rare case that Hardison won’t be ready, Pat Sims has proven to be effective in replacing Gilberry. Signing a guy like Derek Shelby, who would potentially cost less than Gilberry, could be an effective move for the Bengals. Sims could back up the defensive tackles and Shelby (or a different free agent signing) be a part of the rotation at defensive end.

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