Bengals mock offseason: Cap Casualties
Geno Atkins- Saves $9.5M
Despite being perhaps the best defensive lineman in franchise history, it may be time for Geno Atkins and the Bengals to part ways. Considering his play has been declining with age and his large cap hit, Atkins just isn’t worth his contract anymore.
The departure of an all-time great Bengal will be a tough pill to swallow for fans, but it appears to be the right move for both sides.
Bobby Hart- Saves $5.8M
While the likely release of Atkins will be disappointing for many fans, it would be hard to say the same for offensive tackle Bobby Hart. Since his arrival in Cincinnati, Hart has received more criticism than any other player on the roster.
As the Bengals’ offensive line has gotten worse over the years, Hart has been the poster boy of the team’s weak protection in the trenches. It’s clear that the team will be looking to improve their offensive line this offseason and their first priority should be to find a new right tackle.
Releasing Hart is a no-brainer, especially considering just how ridiculously high he is being paid compared to the quality of play he has produced in his career.
Xavier Su’a-Filo- Saves $2.4M
Another spot along the offensive line that needs improvement is the guard position. When he was signed as a free agent last offseason, Xavier Su’a-Filo was not seen as the solution on the interior but as just another depth piece.
Unfortunately, Su’a-Filo struggled with injuries during his short time in Cincinnati. He could be another cap casualty if the Bengals want to free up a little extra money.