With training camp beginning on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Bengals still have holes to fill on their roster. It was shocking when the team ignored the linebacker position in free agency and the draft but they have a chance to make up for it now, as Kwon Alexander is still waiting to be scooped up by a team ahead of training camp.
Alexander visited with the Saints earlier this week but as of this writing, no deal has been agreed to. If Alexander leaves New Orleans without a contract in hand, the Bengals need to reach out to him because he’d be a wonderful addition to this defense.
As mentioned above, the Bengals didn’t do much at all when it came to the linebacker position. They clearly believe that Logan Wilson can be a breakout candidate this year and are banking on him to lead the unit in 2021, along with Germaine Pratt and Akeem Davis-Gaither.
The Bengals should sign Kwon Alexander ahead of training camp.
A big reason as to why Alexander is still unsigned at this moment is that he’s rather injury-prone. After being traded to the Saints midseason last year, he suffered an Achilles injury in December that took him out for the rest of the season.
Prior to being injured, however, he was making a major impact in the Saints’ defense, totaling 27 tackles and one quarterback hit in seven games. The Bengals could use that kind of production from their linebacking corps and with Alexander being injury-prone, the team could probably get him on for a bargain.
If the Bengals are serious about competing in the AFC North this year, they have to get better on defense. They went all-in on improving their defensive line with names like Trey Hendrickson and Larry Ogunjobi but the lack of improvement at linebacker is disheartening and is going to continue to bite them.
Alexander is someone who could step in and make an immediate impact in this defense. Pairing him with Logan Wilson gives the Bengals two really good options at linebacker and while it wouldn’t transform the defense from bad to good, it’d take them from bad to hovering closer to average.
Give Kwon Alexander’s agent a call, Bengals.