The Cincinnati Bengals have a lot of personnel decisions to make with some familiar faces. Here are some potential landing spots for names fans know all too well.
With the NFL season drawing to a close, the Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock. With a second-year coach and, hopefully, a new franchise quarterback, faces of the Marvin Lewis era may be too old to be of use in the next contending Bengals team. Below I look at teams that could use these players in the short term..
Andy Dalton – Chicago Bears
With the Bengals holding the number 1 pick time looks to be up for the Red Rifle in Cincinnati. Andy Dalton has proven during his recent play that there is still an argument that he can still win games with weapons around him. The recent hire of Bill Lazor as Chicago’s OC provides an obvious yet logical connection that the windy city could provide an opportunity for Dalton to thrive if the Bears look to move on from Mitchell Trubisky.
Dre Kirkpatrick – Houston Texans
I for one have been a bigger fan of Dre Kirkpatrick than others during recent times. However, the play of Darius Phillips in the latter stretch of 2019 showed real promise that he could be an upgrade starting opposite William Jackson. It is no secret that the Texans will look to strengthen their defence in the offseason and Kirkpatrick could be a veteran presence that would fit in well in a Jonathon Joseph-esqe way. Could Bill O’Brien be tempted? I certainly think so.
Cordy Glenn – New York Jets
It is no secret that the Bengals and Cordy Glenn had a rocky relationship in 2019 with the LT only playing minimal snaps this season. However, in the time that he played, Glenn proved that he still has the ability. The Jets are unafraid to pay in free agency and could provide a logical fit for Glenn as he looks to revitalize his career.
A.J. Green – New England Patriots
No. #18 is my all-time favourite Bengal and nothing would make me happier than to see him have a resurgence in 2020 catching passes from Joe Burrow. However, A.J. Green is a free agent and there may be more logical options for the Bengals if they are looking towards the future. The Patriots are known for taking big-name receivers at the latter end of their careers and New England would provide a viable option for Green if he looks elsewhere for that final contract.
Tyler Eifert – Buffalo Bills
Tyler Eifert had a healthy year in 2019, yet it has lost a step since his prolific 2015 season. As a UFA, Eifert may look to leave the Queen City and Buffalo have a history of taking on ex-Bengals. Maybe 85 could provide an upgrade over another past Bengals TE in Tyler Kroft.