Heading into the 2021 offseason, there are a lot of questions surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals. After retaining head coach Zac Taylor, it will be a crucial offseason for the front office as they try to build around their coach and franchise quarterback Joe Burrow.
There’s a lot to account for this offseason. What will they do with free agents Carl Lawson and William Jackson III? How will they address the offensive line? What is their vision to build a championship team around Burrow? The coming months will answer a lot of those questions for fans and make the blueprint for the future more clear.
Armed with the No. five overall pick in the draft and plenty of cap space, the Bengals seemingly have a lot of room to make big moves this offseason. Whether or not they will make big moves is another question, but they certainly have the ability to do so this year.
With only six wins over the past two years, improvement is crucial to save Taylor’s job and continue to ensure Burrow has a bright future. The front office will have to prove they are up to the task or perhaps there should be some accountability for people like Duke Tobin.
Burrow is a championship-caliber quarterback and the Bengals know it. They should understand the stakes of this offseason and be determined not to have another Carson Palmer situation on their hands.
While Burrow is on his rookie contract, the Bengals need to be bold. Once they have to pay him big money, they won’t have as much room to build a great roster.