Free Agency Could Hold the Answer
Cincinnati is not the only team with free agent concerns and that could play to the Bengals advantage. Among those free agents who have established themselves but are not over the hill or too pricey is Travis Benjamin. The Browns speedy deep threat could serve as a nice complement to A.J. Green. 2015 was by far his most productive season so he will be looking for larger contract this off season. Even so, his demands may come in a little more affordable than Marvin Jones. The biggest issue is that Benjamin has a strong desire to remain in Cleveland and rumor has it is nearing long term deal with the Browns.
A cheaper and less proven option would be Brian Quick of the Los Angles Rams. Quick had a disappointing injury that riddled his career thus far. Perhaps a change of scenery and a new system would help him revive his faltering career. Aside from Quick there are plenty of other viable options in the free agent market.
To be honest, the Bengals don’t necessarily need to re-sign Jones or Sanu, What Cincinnati must do is find the right players to fit within offensive concept. Those players must complement A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert as well as be willing to be a role player.
When abeloved players contract expires the inside us cries out for the organization to re-sign them. But in these situations emotions must be set aside and what’s best for the team must be considered above all else. Thinking along these lines, the demands of Marvin Jones may cost the Bengals too much money and other key players to be worth there while. Mohamed Sanu could be a more affordable and realistic option.
If the Bengals lose Jones and not Sanu they will need to pursue a receiver with the first three rounds of the draft. It is true in sports, just as in life, the only constant is change.