Bengals Free Agency

5 remaining veteran free agents the Bengals should target

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4. Patrick Peterson 

Patrick Peterson would be another solid addition on the outside to the Bengals secondary. Some believe Peterson’s best days are behind him, which might be accurate, but I genuinely believe he still has a couple of very solid seasons ahead of him.

Looking further into his performance, stats support my claim. Although Peterson only appeared in 13 games, he allowed only two touchdowns and 11.1 yards per completion. Both those numbers are the lowest they have been since 2018.

Peterson also only allowed Quarterbacks a 56.6% completion percentage when throwing at him, which is also the lowest it has been since 2018. His sample size was smaller, but his play statistically improved.

Unlike Gilmore, Peterson would likely not be covering opposing teams’ best outside receiver; that job would still belong to Awuzie. What Peterson does bring to the table is the ability to lock down teams’ second option, something he has rarely been asked to do.

Adding an eight-time pro-bowler is something teams in contention do. As I mentioned before, players want to win a championship. After 10 seasons in Arizona and one season in Minnesota, it’s about time a team gives him a chance to contend; that team should be the Cincinnati Bengals.

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