5 Bengals players who might be finished in Cincinnati
Nick Vigil was a bit of a surprise pick in the third round of the 2016 draft, reigning from the lesser-known Utah State. He wasn’t projected to go until the 5th or 6th round, but the Bengals fell in love with him as a prospect during the pre-draft process and were unwilling to take a risk on passing him up.
He’s played pretty well under his rookie contract, but with the deal now expired, Vigil is set to hit the open market.
After Zac Taylor’s comments about the linebacker core lacking leadership last season, it seems that he is ready to completely rebuild the unit, meaning Vigil may no longer be in the plans for the future.
Taylor already made the decision to let one veteran go when he cut Preston Brown mid-season. With the former Rams quarterback coach making it clear he wasn’t satisfied with the leadership in the linebacker room, Vigil could be the next to see his tenure in stripes come to an end.
The Bengals will look to free agency and the draft to attempt to fix a position that has been the Achilles heel of the team for years. Perhaps their search leads them back to Vigil, but don’t count on it.