3 moves the Bengals should make before the 2022 season begins
Add a veteran presence on defense to help with rotational depth.
For years, the Cincinnati Bengals have struggled to get quality linebackers. The strategy has seemed to get an aging veteran, hope they return to their glory days, get disappointed when they do not perform, and use a late-round draft pick to try and find the diamond in the rough.
Last year, the Bengals had some success with their linebackers, thanks to the play of Logan Wilson and Germaine Pratt. Rather than taking on a veteran to try and achieve the play of their past, this year the Bengals should add a rotational piece to the linebacking unit.
Anthony Barr is the most likely option for this kind of deal for the Bengals. Barr was a very productive player for the Vikings throughout his career but has reached the point where he likely will not be providing game-changing plays on a regular basis. What he can still do is play sound defense to limit the big play opportunities from opposing teams.
This is exactly what Cincinnati could benefit from as part of their linebacker rotation. Getting Barr on a short-term deal would be ideal for the unit moving forward, but would allow for one more year for the young players to continue developing into quality players.