It is, however, promise.
The Bengals have the 12th youngest roster in the league with an average age of 25.04 and could be set for one of their most successful seasons to date. Given their history, that’s not saying a whole lot, but we’re glass-half-full people and we choose to see young and potential talent: Joe Burrow, Jessie Bates, Ja’Marr Chase.
Still, Cincinnati has their share of aging, expendable players and could cut any number of them by the time season comes around.
One runner-up who didn’t quite make the list is Kevin Huber, a 13-year punter who’s currently the team’s career leader in many statistical categories, including total punts and yards. His 190 career games ranks fourth in team history, and he’s just a 17-game season away from tying Ken Riley as the Bengals’ all-time leader.
There’s no doubt Huber is one of Cincinnati’s most decorated homegrown special teams stars. That being said, his competition in 2021 is twelve years younger and incredibly talented: 23-year-old Drue Chrisman. With Huber’s comparatively weaker leg, Chrisman could see more action on the field, while Huber could be closing his locker for good.
Huber’s not the only member of the Bengals’ senior home club. Here are three veterans who could get cut sooner rather than later.