5 Underrated Free Agents Cincinnati Bengals Should Target This Offseason
5 Underrated Targets For Cincinnati Bengals In Free Agency
The Cincinnati Bengals did not have much competition in the AFC North this past season, and it looked like the Bengals could have made a deep run in the playoffs. Even with an 11-win season in 2013, the Bengals came up short of winning a Super Bowl once again.
After looking at the offensive and defensive stats for the Bengals, it is a difficult task to try and improve this team. Cincinnati ranked eighth in passing, 18th in rushing, fifth against the pass and fifth against the run. The biggest need for improvement from those stats is the running game, but the Bengals still had strong rushing weapons in 2013.
Giovani Bernard is an elusive playmaker who is a threat in both the pass and rushing attack. The size of Bernard, however, makes it necessary to create a timeshare with another running back. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bernard were not able to produce the combined results that the Bengals were looking for. Bernard is not able to handle more than 15 rushing attempts in a game, but if the Bengals could sign a bigger back, it would create for a more productive rushing duo.
Andy Dalton was very sporadic during the season, but he improved on both his passing yard total and his touchdown total from the previous year. Dalton also benefits from having one of the best wide receivers in the game, so there are only a few adjustments that need to be made for this talented offense.
The Bengals are in a great position to build a powerhouse dynasty. The team is young and talented, and building depth on defense with free agents is one of the best ways that Cincinnati can improve in 2014.
Here are five underrated free agents the Cincinnati Bengals should target this offseason.
Peyton Hillis proved in 2013 that he deserves to play in the NFL. Defenses would struggle trying to contain the speed of Bernard and the power of Hillis, and this would be one of the toughest rushing attacks in the league.
Rashad Jennings had the best season of his career with the Oakland Raiders, and his powerful frame would help the Bengals to move the chains.
Alterraun Verner may not return to the Tennessee Titans, and the Bengals would build a strong depth chart with the addition of Verner. He had a great year in 2013 with five interceptions, 57 total tackles and one defensive touchdown.
Even though Charles Woodson is almost as old as Ray Lewis, his competitive spirit is still as strong as ever. Woodson racked up two sacks, one interception and 97 total tackles in 2013. All Super Bowl teams have veteran leaders, and Woodson could help guide this defense to a Super Bowl with his experience and leadership.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is invaluable because of his recent Super Bowl experience. With the exception of the 2011 season, Rodgers-Cromartie has recorded a minimum of three interceptions in each season of his career. His combination of speed and strength would be a great addition to the Bengals' defense.