Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Free Agents Left to Target

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer 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 fans cheer 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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Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) recovers a fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) recovers a fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports /

ILB: Donald Butler

It is pretty evident that the Bengals depth at the inside linebacker position is thin. Rey Maualuga and Vincent Rey are the only players listed on the Bengals depth chart. Rey Maualuga will need some help, especially with Rey filling in for Vontaze Burfict in weeks one through three.

Donald Butler became a free agent after the San Diego Chargers cut him at the beginning of March. The Bengals poor depth at middle linebacker could well be answered with a rotation between Butler and Maualuga. Butler has a reputation though, something the Bengals are known for dealing with, and it is a reputation of quitting on the Chargers after getting his pay-day in 2014, according to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

This could be good news though as a value signing for the Bengals. Butler will most likely be looking for a new chance and opportunity to prove himself in 2016. In 2015, his production dropped from an average of 82.5 tackles per season to 43, he had no interceptions, a fumble recovery, against the Bengals none the less, only two tackles for loss, and half a sack.

Rey Maualuga started 15 games for the Bengals with 75 tackles, no sacks, no forced fumbles, and one interception. A forced fumble and half a sack would be an upgrade in many Bengals fans eyes at the position. The Bengals could work out a one year deal and give him a chance to prove himself, whether it is for a long-term contract in Cincinnati or a rental player, it could help them now.

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