5 remaining veteran free agents the Bengals should target

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3. Calais Campbell

I’m not sure anyone in the NFL deserves a ring more than Calais Campbell. Being a former Walter Payton Man of the Year winner, Campbell would add a significant veteran presence to the Bengals’ locker room.

Aside from his incredible off-field resume, Campbell is still playing at an extremely high level. Bengals fans have seen their fair share of plays disrupted by Campbell against Baltimore the past two seasons. At 35 years old, bringing in Campbell would almost certainly be on a one-year deal.

With Larry Ogunjobi’s future in Cincinnati in doubt, interior defensive line depth is one of the few holes this roster contains. While Campbell won’t line up over the center, he will jump between gaps, something he has gotten more familiar with as he ages.

This move would get him out of Baltimore; it would also solidify the Bengals defensive line as one of the best in the league. Trey Hendrickson, Sam Hubbard, and Joseph Ossai on the outside, with D.J. Reader, B.J. Hill, and Calais Campbell on the inside, opposing quarterbacks would be in constant fear.

You don’t bring in a guy like Campbell unless your team is invested in going all-in for a ring; everything I have witnessed this offseason tells me the Bengals are all-in.