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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Jan 3, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) runs with the ball after making a catch against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at Levi
Jan 3, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) runs with the ball after making a catch against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at Levi /

WR: Anquan Boldin

Yes, I know he is ancient in the NFL at 36 years of age. Yes, I know it is sort of a risk. Then again, he brings leadership and NFL knowledge to the team, as well as playoff experience. He still has some speed, great hands, and hasn’t lost his physical toughness he has been known for.

Anquan Boldin was with the San Francisco 49ers the last three seasons, and with both the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals before that. He knows the AFC North, being with the Ravens, and has been in the post season with each of former teams, past the wildcard round. It is something most players on this Bengals teams can’t say.

Boldin finished his 2015 campaign with 789 yards on 69 receptions, and four touchdowns. He would fit into a third or fourth receiver position well with those numbers. He also posted 1,000 yards receiving in 2013 and 2014, which means given the opportunity, he can still play the game at a high level, even in his 30’s.

The Bengals could use some veteran experience, especially with young receivers in James Wright, Rex Burkhead, and even A.J. Green could always use some advice. He would also give any receiver the Bengals draft a solid mentor and time to learn and grow in the NFL game, which is something the Bengals are well known for doing.

The Bengals have been silent so far in free agency, after their initial two day re-signing fest. If they pick up even one of these players in free agency, it could set themselves up for a successful and stress free draft class. However, like every season, the Bengals are letting the dust settle and taking their sweet time doing so.

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