Stop Getting Sucker Punched In Free Agency
Um, can this be any clearer? Once again, the Bengals are facing a ton of possible free agent escapees in 2017. Unfortunately, this is life in the NFL. But, what makes it so darn (that’s not the word I wanna use) frustrating with the Bengals is the timing. As I write this rant, Andrew Whitworth, Kevin Zeitler, and Dre Kirkpatrick are licking their chops. Why, you ask? If you haven’t been abducted by aliens, you should know they are swimming in the free agent pool.
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Whitworth was blunt about the whole situation. Per The Sporting News, Big Whit is ready to set sail someplace else. There comes a time when even the players have to question what’s happening with the franchise. It’s not about being ungrateful. Whitworth has put in 12 seasons with the Bengals. But, he’s not getting any younger. At the end of the 2017 season, he’ll be 36-years-old.
"“At this point in my career, it’s about the challenge, the excitement of trying to win that Super Bowl. I want to make sure wherever it is, and hopefully, it’s in Cincinnati, that team is prepared to try and fight for that trophy.”"
Is Bengals president Mike Brown ready to do what it takes to satisfy that kind of request? Spending money only goes so far with this organization. During the 1990s and early 2000s, it seemed as if Brown was content to just sell tickets and have a full stadium. The Lost Decade alienated fans.
Stop allowing the talent to walk away during free agency. Make the offers before the Grim Reaper knocks on the door.