Bengals Free Agency

NFL Offseason: Cincinnati Bengals 2020 Checklist

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 8: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals watches a replay during the second quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 8: Head coach Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals watches a replay during the second quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 30: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates beating the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 30: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates beating the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Signings, Trades, and Releases

The number one priority should be resigning A.J. Green to make him a lifelong Bengal. Offensively, the Bengals have some talented playmakers. Still, Green obviously is a true number one option at receiver, regardless of who is quarterback.  If he gets healthy, and the quarterback position gets figured out, this offense has the potential to become one of the most explosive offenses in Bengals history.

Next up, finding a trade partner for Andy Dalton. The Red Rifle era has finally come to an end. If Cincinnati is able to recoup a 4th rounder at least for Dalton, that is a win. Teams that could use a bridge quarterback for a young rookie are ideal situations, but the Bengals have seen the whole movie with him, it wasn’t terrible, but enough is enough. Also, the Bengals would save $17 million on their books and a rebuilding team gets a veteran signal caller with something to prove.

The other trade candidate is offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. Glenn’s 2019 has been rocky to say the least. His relationship with the Bengals brass isn’t in a positive state. Glenn requested that the Bengals release him back in October. He is still a solid player at a vital position. This alone should garner trade attention from teams around the league.

Lastly, moving on from a few underwhelming players is necessary. Tyler Eifert will be a free agent after the 2019 season. I believe he shouldn’t be resigned. He is clearly a shell of himself due to all the injuries. Take the youth movement and start rookie second round pick Drew Sample.

I  addressed my reasons to release Dre Kirkpatrick in an article two months ago.

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