Bengals’ worst offseason move was signing Ted Karras over James Daniels

Ted Karras - Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Bengals have put together a rock-solid free agency session adding three offensive linemen who can help their weakest position from a season ago.

Sayre Bedinger of NFL Spin Zone discussed every NFL team’s worst move this offseason and for  the Bengals, he said it was bringing in Ted Karras over James Daniels, who was also someone fans were interested in adding.

Bedinger offered this analysis:

"I think the Bengals could have gotten a higher-upside player in James Daniels for a similar price, but Daniels wound up signing with the Bengals’ division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.Daniels played his college ball at Iowa and would have been a perfect fit in Brian Callahan/Zac Taylor’s offense with the Bengals, but the Bengals opted for the more grizzled veteran Karras.Again, this is a nit-pick, but I would have preferred Daniels for the Bengals over Karras."

As Bedinger notes, he’s nit-picking here when it comes to choosing the Bengals’ worst offseason move. Karras is a solid pickup but Bedinger feels as though Daniels, who would have slotted in at left guard in all likelihood, would have been a better fit for this team.

Hey, I’d have loved to have seen Daniels join the Bengals but this wouldn’t have solved the starting center situation. Karras is going to play center unless the team adds a different option between now and the start of the season so while Daniels would shore up the left guard spot, center still would have been a major position of need.

Should Bengals have signed James Daniels over Ted Karras?

Cincinnati will get to see Daniels twice a year so they’ll be able to decide for themselves over the next few years if he was the one who got away.

Personally, I liked the Karras signing even if there were better options available to slide in at center. The Bengals could still slide Karras over to left guard too, especially if Tyler Linderbaum slides to them in the first round of the draft or if J.C. Tretter ends up joining the Bengals as a free agent.

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What do you think, Bengals fans? Should it have been Daniels in Cincinnati and not Karras?