The Cincinnati Bengals had arguably the best defensive days in free agency on day one and sealed the concern at linebacker on day two, but since then they have disappeared from free agency.
The Cincinnati Bengals made their own players a priority and rightfully so, after an 8-0 start and a 12-4 finish. The signings of George Iloka, Adam Jones, and Vincent Rey were praised by many Bengals fans. They kept the core of the defense and allowed guys like Emmanuel Lamur to walk and not pursuing Leon Hall was almost a given.
However, in the days following the Bengals busy free agency frenzy, they have almost gone stone silent. They haven’t invited free agents on a visit, or even talked about any of the six remaining free agents. The Bengals have disappeared into a hole.
The Bengals still clearly need a wide receiver, and could use an offensive guard, cornerback, another linebacker, and backup defensive tackle. These are needs they could clearly address in this years draft if they choose to but with guys like Jeremy Kerley, James Laurinaitis, and Cortland Finnegan, they don’t have to.
There is no denying the Bengals had a solid free agency as they sit with keeping both key defensive leaders and the best safety entering this years free agency. However, the Bengals can not just sit and watch their competition get better. They will face the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and Houston Texans, all who have been named winners in this years free agency. The Bengals will need to be better than last season if they expect to make their sixth straight playoff appearance.
The offense will be the biggest focal point of the NFL Draft, if the Bengals stay right where they are at now. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu are both in other cities and with the unreliability of James Wright‘s health, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are the only sure weapons Andy Dalton has in the passing game headed into 2016. The Bengals offensive line is pretty secure and with the addition of a rotating guard in the draft, could just seal the protection of Dalton.
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If the Bengals can make one or two more moves in free agency to add depth and sure up their 2016 roster, the pressure that the Bengals 2016 draft class could feel would be minimal and allow them some time to learn. The Bengals have been know for drafting well, especially at wide receiver, but getting another veteran presence around the young players could be just what they need.