Cincinnati Bengals 2020 Mock Free Agency Period
If Duke Tobin can retain his own and still have just under $52 million to address major needs, he’ll have what he needs to field a team that is drastically improved in 2020.
Cory Littleton, LB- $13M average annual salary
Zac Taylor’s connection with former Rams star Cory Littleton may give the Bengals an advantage in signing the outstanding linebacker. He’ll step in right away to infuse some talent in the floundering linebacker unit, where his work in coverage will be especially useful to turn things around on the defensive side of the ball. Spotrac has his market value set at $12.2 million, but we’ll round it up just to be safe.
Nick Kwiatkoski, LB- $9M average annual salary
The Bengals surely couldn’t sign two starting linebackers, could they? Well, they certainly have the cap space to do so. Kwiatkoski is known for his tremendous work ethic and effort, which would be a welcome addition to any team.
Bryan Bulaga, OT- $12M average annual salary
Even after the line drastically improved down the stretch last season, the front office should look for upgrades to make sure Burrow stays upright during his rookie campaign. Bulaga would certainly do the trick at right tackle. He’s the model of consistency and his veteran presence would be a tremendous asset for what is expected to be a young offensive line core.
Eli Apple, CB- $5.5M average annual salary
Admittedly, it can be difficult trying to get an estimate of what Apple may command on the open market. In this prediction, he makes a little less than Dennard. Losing Kirkpatrick will be a big loss, despite what some may tell you. So, adding the former 10th overall pick would help make up for the loss. He has had an up and down career so far, but the Bengals will have struck gold if they can get him to play consistently.