Free agency is a sensitive topic for a lot of Cincinnati Bengals fans, and understandably so. The Cincinnati front office is notorious for doing very little in free agency. They’re going to have to make at least a few outside signings in order to complete this rebuild the 49er way. The first already being discussed in Bridgewater.
Outside of that, the Bengals need to sign one or two middle to top tier free agents to fill holes in the roster. The 49ers did this when they signed Richard Sherman and Kwon Alexander. Both cost a significant amount but have also played a huge role in helping the team get off to such a great start.
A player the Bengals should target if they’re trying to follow suit is Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan, who becomes a free agent this off-season. He would go a long way in shoring up a linebackers unit that has been the Achilles heel of the Cincinnati defense for years.
Admittedly, a lot of portions of this blueprint seem to be unrealistic when looking at the Bengals tendencies. Still, the team has made some uncharacteristic moves recently such as the hiring of Zac Taylor and benching of Andy Dalton.
The emptiness in the stands and the win column undoubtedly speaks volumes to the Bengals ownership. If the team wants to build a contender sooner rather than later, there may be no better blueprint than the one the 49ers have laid out for them. With things going so poorly every option deserves to be discussed by both Cincinnati Bengals brass and the fans. Regardless of what route they want to take, it is evident that big changes are necessary.