Five free agents the Bengals should already plan on targeting
Bengals free-agent targets: Cornerback Ronald Darby
More so than any other position group on the team, the future of the cornerback room brings with it plenty of uncertainty. William Jackson is in the midst of a disappointing campaign and, along with Mackensie Alexander, is slated to become a free-agent once the season is up. Not to mention, last year’s prized free-agent acquisition, Trae Waynes, has yet to take a single snap in stripes thanks to injury.
That’s enough reason to begin formulating a plan to target Ronald Darby, who is having a nice season in Washington. He’s never been known as a ballhawk, and he doesn’t impress by coming away with a high number of interceptions. However, he’s solid and gets the job done on the outside.
Bengals fans should be well-aware of that fact, as they saw the former Florida State Seminole shut down his half of the field in their matchup a few weeks ago.
Adding to his intrigue is the contract he may command. The Washington Football Team was able to snag him for just $3M a year. For comparison, Cincinnati is paying backup corner Leshaun Sims $1.7M. Darby is a starting-caliber player and far more proven.
If the front office can get Darby on a short term contract similar to the one he signed last offseason, it would be a wise move. It will give them an insurance plan in case they’re unable to re-sign Jackson and allow them to draft a young player at the position, bringing him along slowly until he’s ready.