Bengals’ Moves Resemble A Team In Reboot Mode

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Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83). Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83). Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals' Moves Resemble A Team In Reboot Mode
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With a mass exodus of players over the past year, Bengals faithful should be worried. Something isn’t quite right on the shores of the Queen City.

As the Bengals’ 2017 offseason plods along, the urgency of a winning season is becoming fuzzy. What was supposed to be a season of change is starting to look more like an excuse for a reboot. After a disappointing 6-9-1 campaign, the Bengals should be trying to demonstrate their desire to win. Instead, talented players are allowed to walk away and fans are left to wonder what’s really going on. If the Bengals are in rebuild mode, it would make sense to let that be known.

Honestly, Andrew Whitworth’s departure was one that could be dealt with. Big Whit is going to be 36-years-old towards the end of the season. According to Bleacher Report, the contract he snagged from the Los Angeles Rams was pure gold. Instead of mowing over defensive linemen for an instant contender, he’ll be basking on the L.A. beaches and figuring ways to spend $36 million.

On the other hand, losing a stud like Kevin Zeitler was a move that can only be described as typical Bengals. Once again, Cincinnati has groomed a player and allowed him to grab free agency loot. How many times will this happen before the message becomes clear? It’s simple. Don’t create insanely good players if you’re not willing to pay them. No, I’m not talking in riddles. The fact that Dre Kirkpatrick was re-signed isn’t amazing. Rumors were afloat that Pittsburgh was interested in his services. That wasn’t happening.

The landscape is still rather murky. Why are players are willing to leave Cincinnati after they came so close to winning that 2015 Wild Card game? To paraphrase an R&B icon (shout out to Keith Sweat), “somethin’ just ain’t right.”

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