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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Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/KR/PR

The Minnesota Vikings use Cordarrelle Patterson primarily as a kick and punt returner. He is an electric option that provides them with lightning speed. As my last suggestion of free agent targets, Patterson is a guy that could help out in many aspects of the game. If we can’t re-sign a guy like Burkhead, who was a staple on every special teams unit, Patterson could step in and give Pro Football Focus’ second team all-pro kick returner, Alex Erickson some competition. Plus this would take Adam Jones out of the kick and punt returning equations. Who knows, maybe a receiver like Green can coach up the young man and turn him into an 800-yard guy.

Reality sets in

Is any of this even feasible? Probably not. The truth is, other than Alshon Jeffrey, all of these players will probably be re-signed to their current teams. Fans can only dream about the possibilities.

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Free agency is the sure-fire way to sign talent that has proven themselves in the NFL. If we have a front office that wants to win right away, moves need to be made. Let’s just hope we make the right ones. I’d like to go to a playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium sometime in the next 10 years.

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