The Cincinnati Bengals 2012 campaign ended the same way it did in 2011: with a loss to the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round. As A.J. Green and Andy Dalton continue to mature, it may not be a bad idea for the team to bring in some consistency and stability to the roster.
With the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis undergoing quite the saga, this would be the perfect time for Cincy to strike on the Pro-Bowl cornerback, who is regarded as one of the best to ever put on an NFL uniform. Since losing Jonathan Joseph to free agency in 2011, the team has lacked a shut-down corner and the secondary has taken an incredible hit–oddly enough, Joseph went to the Texans, who have derailed the Bengals in consecutive seasons.
Marvin Lewis has stood the test of time with the Bengals as he has endured 10 seasons with the club however, I wouldn’t be surprised if the team goes in another direction if they end 2013 without a playoff win.
It’s uncertain what in fact the Jets want in return for Revis but, the expertise that Revis would provide to the teams 2012 17th overall pick CB Dre Kirkpatrick is priceless.
In a division with the always-stingy Pittsburgh Steelers and Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals need to buckle down and make a big move to get them over the hump–trading for Revis is a risk that the Bengals can’t afford not to take.
With the 21st-overall pick in this Spring’s draft, the Bengals will need to make a decision on what the plan is for 2013, as the franchise can’t be a first-round casualty yet again.