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
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.