Predicting the Cincinnati Bengals’ 5 Biggest Free Agency Moves
5 Biggest Free Agency Moves For Cincinnati Bengals
For many seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the biggest competitors in the NFL. With a top five defense and explosive playmakers on offense, the Bengals have always been the team that is expected to make that next big leap as one of the NFL's elite teams.
However, over the past three seasons, if they are expected to make this leap, it seems like the Bengals can't get off the ground.
Cincinnati has lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. Despite winning its first AFC North title since 2005 last season, it was still upset in the first round of the playoffs. The team's inability to succeed in the postseason has raised questions about head coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton on how they perform in big games. The Bengals will have to make some big decisions this coming offseason to move the team in the right direction towards not just a playoff win, but a championship.
However, it's difficult for the Bengals to add pieces to a team that doesn't have a glaring weakness. The team finished in the top 10 in all the major statistically defensive categories in 2013. They also weren't too shabby on offense, finishing in the top 10 in total offense last season. When looked at closely, the Bengals do have needs to address, and there are pieces that are out on the free agent market to make Cincinnati a contender in the playoffs.
Here are the top five free agency moves that Cincinnati will make this offseason.
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Despite having one of the best secondaries, Cincinnati's secondary is getting old fast. Leon Hall can't stay healthy, and Adam Jones is over 30. Adding Alterraun Verner would add youth and Pro Bowl experience to an already good secondary.
The Bengals are in danger of losing tackle Anthony Collins, who was one of their best lineman last season. Branden Albert is one of the better tackles in the NFL, and would make this offensive line one of the better ones in the NFL.
The team has already said they would not resign defensive end Michael Johnson. The Bengals will have a huge void to fill at the end of the defensive line. Jared Allen, despite his age, still has some years left in him to be productive, and can add talent to this defensive line.
The Bengals ranked 18th in the NFL in rushing last season. Darren McFadden, after being injury plagued, will play a huge role in the Bengals' backfield, especially being reunited with former coach Hue Jackson, who is now the offensive coordinator. He would be another explosive piece to compliment Giovani Bernard.
In order to help Dalton make more plays, the Bengals need another passing target. Eric Decker is set to be one of the biggest free agent receiver targets in free agency. He would be a nice No. 2 option, which he played last season. Adding a possession receiver like Decker could be the next step this team has to take in winning a playoff game and becoming a contender in the NFL.
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