Another Zinger From Big Whit
To take things further, the truth shall set you free. That’s what Whitworth is doing, since leaving the Bengals. It seems like he’s able to get things off his chest in a nice way. But, if you read between the lines, there’s a sinister ring to his words.
"“And then when I realized I was open to moving, and moving on to a new challenge, I really wanted to be away from Cincinnati’s situation. I wasn’t as keen on going somewhere where’d I play Cincinnati and be around it. I wanted to go far away and kind of have a fresh start.”"
Allow me to translate the sweet talk. Oh, wait. That’s straight to the point. Whitworth was indeed lowballed by the Bengals. Brown and Co. offered him a one-year deal for $10 million, including incentives. Wow. The franchise tag would have given him $14.3 million off the rip.
What makes the whole situation so hard to digest is the way things are handled. At one point, it seemed as if Cincinnati was the place for aging players to grab a paycheck and retire gracefully. Playoffs? Just get the cash and walk away. Then, it was all about winning. Remember all the catchy phrases and t-shirts that Lewis was using to inspire the troops?
Fast forward to 2017. Suddenly, players are okay with not returning to the Bengals. A sure thing has suddenly gone sour and the outlook is grim.
The main characters are already aware of what’s happening. Now, it’s time for fans to take a closer look. Smells like reboot time for Bengals Nation.