The Cincinnati Bengals had two quiet days but got back in the swing of things on Thursday. Let’s grade their free-agent signings.
Day 1 of free agency saw the Bengals get off to a roaring start, signing Alex Cappa and Ted Karras to help fix their offensive line and also re-sign B.J. Hill, who impressed in a big way last year.
The next two days came and went without much going on. Cincinnati re-signed some lesser-known guys during that time but it took until Thursday for them to really make some noise again.
The first move of the day was re-signing wide receiver, Mike Thomas. This wasn’t a flashy move but it also wasn’t a bad move by any means. He’s a depth piece at a deep position.
After bringing back a low-key wide receiver, Cincinnati answered their backup quarterback question, agreeing to terms with Brandon Allen on a one-year deal. The contract keeps Allen in Cincinnati for year No. 3.
Next up, the stripes added depth at tight end, agreeing on a one-year deal with Hayden Hurst. This move didn’t have fans jumping for joy but it was a solid move.
They also retained Eli Apple on a one-year deal and did so for a bargain. Apple wasn’t the most popular player due to his trash-talking and giving up the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl but this was a good move for Cincy.
What grades do they deserve for these free-agent signings? Let’s dive in.