SS: George Iloka
His second contract with the Bengals will be his ultimate proving ground contract. The Bengals showed a lot of faith in him with investing $30 million over five years and allowing his counterpart in Reggie Nelson to walk. Iloka missed four games and with one interception, four pass deflections and 47 tackles, the Bengals see much more potential in 2016 than last season.
FS: Shawn Williams
Shawn Williams essentially replaces Reggie Nelson, however it has yet to be seen if the Bengals will swap Williams and Iloka in the free safety and strong safety roles. Williams proved in multiple games last season that he was capable of the starting role and will get his shot in 2016.
In 2015, Williams recorded 32 tackles, two interceptions, and five pass deflections. He also earned himself an extension that locks him up through 2020.
FS/SS2: Derron Smith
Derron Smith’s position on this team got a little brighter with the departure Reggie Nelson, and as the expected primary backup to both Williams and Iloka. Smith was the sixth round pick in 2015 draft for the Bengals out of Fresno State.
Smith had saw a little bit of the field in his rookie season in 2015, when the Bengals secondary started to feel the injury bug effects. Although he only put up four tackles in his limited time, his role should increase significantly in 2016.