Cincinnati Bengals: Three bargain free agents still available

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The Cincinnati Bengals have spent a lot in free agency but that shouldn’t stop them from signing one of these bargain free agents. 

At this point, the narrative that the Cincinnati Bengals have shifted their philosophy in free agency and are now willing to spend big money has been hammered home. One angle that is not being brought up as often, however, is how opportunistic the front office was on the open market.

Duke Tobin and company likely didn’t plan on signing Vonn Bell heading into early March, but after a few days passed, and the former Buckeye was still available, they pounced. Despite having Jessie Bates III and Shawn Williams, a very good safety duo, already in place, they invested $18M in Bell. The deal was just too good to pass up on.

Now, in the middle of June, much of the market has dried up and Cincinnati hasn’t made a significant acquisition in quite some time. But, there are still players available that can help the Bengals turn things around.

The coaching staff has been adamant that they’re content with the roster as it is. In addition, the money they have available is being focused on extensions for A.J. Green and Joe Mixon.

Regardless, there is always room to work with when it comes to the salary cap. As time passes and some of these players remain unsigned, the potential deals to be made become tantalizing. Much like the Bell signing, they may be just too good to pass up on.