5 Potential Free Agent Replacements for Marvin Jones

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Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) catches a pass from quarterback Andy Dalton (not pictured) for a touchdown in the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) catches a pass from quarterback Andy Dalton (not pictured) for a touchdown in the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Rueben Randle, New York Giants

Rueben Randle is likely out of New York, as Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz are clearly the team’s two favorite pass-catchers. And given that Randle has most excelled as a team’s second or third option, Cincinnati could be a perfect landing spot.

Randle, like A.J. Green, is very tall (6-foot-4) and plays best on the outside. Physically speaking, he’s one of the NFL’s most gifted receivers, and he has already begun to show signs that he could be one of football’s premier pass-catchers down the line. Unfortunately, Randle’s inconsistency–particularly in route running and occasionally with dropped passes–has stunted his progression.

But with Andy Dalton at quarterback and A.J. Green on his right, Randle would have a great chance to develop as a receiver. Wide receivers coach James Urban has been very effective at helping players become more polished in Cincinnati, as evidenced by his work with Green, Jones, Sanu, former Bengal Andrew Hawkins and more.

Like in signing Matthews, signing Randle would force Cincinnati to look for a deep threat at slot or hope that its in-house slot receivers can develop, but the prospect of having two mammoth receivers on the outside could make up for the lack of a deep threat. Just look at the New York Jets, whose passing offense went through the roof with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker out wide. The former pairing of Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Chicago also worked out very well.

Randle could command a high salary, but there’s still a chance the Bengals could convince him to take a smaller deal with the prospect of winning games, catching passes from a terrific quarterback and playing alongside a potential Hall of Fame receiver.

Next: 3. Jermaine Kearse

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