Bengals Free Agency

Three Players the Bengals Should Target in the Second Phase of Free Agency

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Cornerback Morris Claiborne #21 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Cornerback Morris Claiborne #21 of the New York Jets scores a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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It is officially bargain hunting season in the NFL. Which remaining free agents should the Bengals consider bringing in for the upcoming season? Let’s take a look at a few options.

With the draft complete, the NFL world has quieted down in anticipation for training camp this summer. However, many teams remain on alert as there are plenty of names remaining on the free agent market. For the Bengals and the rest of the NFL, it is a time to look for value and maybe snag a few steals .

Players without a team at this point may be more likely to sign team friendly deals. There is still some decent talent on the market.

This past week, Ezekiel Ansah and Mike Remmers  signed one-year contracts with the Seahawks and Giants respectively,

With the Bengals still having several holes to fill on their roster as well as plenty of cap space, they can afford to take a flyer on a veteran or two in an effort to sure up some weak spots.

Here are three of the best possible fits for Zac Taylor’s team.

Will Compton, Inside Linebacker

SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 05: Inside linebacker Will Compton #51 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after intercepting a pass during the third quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 5, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Redskins won 17-14. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 05: Inside linebacker Will Compton #51 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after intercepting a pass during the third quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 5, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Redskins won 17-14. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

Even after drafting both Germaine Pratt and Deshaun Davis, the Bengals could still use help at the inside linebacker position.

Former Washington and Tennessee linebacker Will Compton would add a veteran presence to the position group in 2019. Compton is also someone who can serve as a mentor to Cincinnati’s rookie linebacking duo.

Compton missed significant portions of both 2017 and 2018 due to injury. Still, at one point in his career, he was a productive starting linebacker for the Redskins.

In 2016, Compton made a career high 103 total tackles with five coming for a loss. In addition, he recorded an interception, defended five passes, and recovered two fumbles.

If healthy, Compton has the potential to improve the Bengals run and pass defense substantially. With his asking price likely dropping, he would be a low risk high reward addition to the roster. That is exactly what teams look for this time of year.

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