NFL Free Agency: Options The Bengals Should Explore

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals take the field against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals take the field against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kenny Stills, WR

He’s young, he’s fast, and he can score touchdowns. Stills is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason as well. He’s currently on the Miami Dolphins roster and has 9 touchdowns so far. The Dolphins are also in the playoffs. The Bengals can’t say that they have many receivers with playoff experience. In his 4th year in the NFL, the 24-year-old has already played for two teams. He caught passes from Drew Brees in New Orleans for 2 years. Miami has reaped the rewards of Stills since 2015.

He is probably going to need to get paid, but by letting someone like Domata Peko walk, the offense can benefit from a proven player right away. Defensive issues like the linebackers and edge rushers can be addressed in the defensive talent heavy NFL Draft. That is if the Dolphins don’t fight to re-sign him, which is probably.

Markus Wheaton, WR

He’s a Pittsburgh Steeler, I know. Wheaton is a fourth-year receiver. He has played with Antonio Brown, who some might say is pretty good at catching footballs and getting open. Wheaton would be a guy opposite Green that could help this Cincinnati offense. He has not had the production of the receivers that I have listed above him, but I credit that to the workload of Brown. Antonio gets the bulk of footballs thrown his direction. That limits Wheaton’s usage. If someone wanted to take a chance and pursue Wheaton, I believe that they would be getting a 7-10 touchdown guy. The Bengals need that since the past season’s leader in touchdowns was Brandon LaFell with 6 Touchdowns.

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