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The Sunday Opinion: Cincinnati Must add Wide Receivers in Free Agency

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 16: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 16: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 16: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 16: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

In our first ever “Sunday Opinion”, I will lay out the case for Cincinnati to add wide receiver help via free agency.

Cincinnati has one of the best receiver tandems in the division currently with Tyler Boyd and A.J Green. However, due to the disappointing play by John Ross since he was selected 9th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, as well as lack of quality depth, I believe it is time for the franchise who has the 9th most cap space in 2019 to make a move for a free agent to add depth.

If Cincinnati wanted to really boost the offense, they could consider someone like Golden Tate, who at 31 years old, would probably provide the most value in a part-time role anyways. Players like John Brown and Adam Humphries could also be potential signings for a team like Cincinnati, who is desperate for depth.

Obviously the NFL Draft is another area in which Cincinnati could be looking to add wide receiver talent, however, I believe that free agents offer much more consistency and “sure-thingedness” than draft picks do. If you were looking for a starter, the draft offers you the chance to take a risk on somebody who could blossom into a star. If you are looking for depth, however, free agency seems like a better way to go.

If Cincinnati doesn’t sign a free agent wide receiver, I really hope that they consider drafting one. If Cincinnati is planning on John Ross to develop into a consistent weapon, along with expecting no injuries at the wideout position in 2019, they will be making the wrong choice.

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