4. Auden Tate
Where has Auden Tate been this season? The 25-year-old wide receiver is hitting free agency after putting together an incredibly disappointing season. He was banged up this season, but three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown is a far cry from the numbers Bengals fans expected the former seventh-round pick to put up.
While Cincinnati could opt to keep Tate around as a depth piece, they might be better off turning to the draft or even an in-house option to find a WR4/5 option. Tate had that solid 2019 season but otherwise, he hasn’t done much, so don’t be shocked if he’s calling somewhere else home when the 2022 season kicks off.
3. Brandon Allen
Fans were excited to have Brandon Allen return this season as Joe Burrow’s backup. Allen did okay when filling in for Burrow in the end of the 2020 season so it only made sense to bring him back, right?
While Allen is a backup quarterback for a reason, we all saw with our own eyes that he probably isn’t the best option to have backing up Burrow in the future. Allen didn’t play well in the season finale and while he didn’t have starters surrounding him, the team could turn to the draft or even a seasoned vet to sit behind Burrow for 2022 and beyond.
Allen hopefully won’t play in Super Bowl LVI (unless it’s a blowout favoring Cincinnati) so he might not fit the ‘final game played’ aspect but it’ll likely be the final time we see him in a Bengals uniform.