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5 Biggest Free-Agent Signings in Cincinnati Bengals History

5 Biggest Free-Agent Signings in Cincinnati Bengals’ History

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Any team's offseason free-agency moves are judged just as crucially, if not more than the NFL Draft. I believe free agency is about finding those key mature players who can take your team to the next level. Based on the Cincinnati Bengals’ Super Bowl and playoff history, it would appear they aren’t exactly the best in free agency; however, Mike Brown, the owner of the Bengals, has brought in some key names recently to help the organization.

No. 5 James Harrison

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No. 5 James Harrison

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Once upon a time, this defender was one of the NFL's scariest. His nickname matched appropriately as “Deebo.” The Bengals were smart in bringing in the 11-year veteran at the bargain they signed him for. However, Harrison’s production plummeted in the 2013 season. His signing may have been one of the honorable mentions, but his play was subpar.

No. 4 Benjarvus Green-Ellis

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No. 4 Benjarvus Green-Ellis

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Green-Ellis, better known as the “Law Firm,” appeared to be a very valuable pickup for the Bengals in having never fumbled in his career; however, once signed, he caught a case of the “dropsies” fumbling three times in a two-game span. The team decided to go after Giovanni Bernard because of Green-Ellis’ inconsistency. So in theory, he was a great pickup, but Mike Brown thought he was signing a starter.

No. 3 Adam "Pac-Man" Jones

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No. 3 Adam "Pac-Man" Jones

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This troublesome player had stints with the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys before being signed by the Bengals in 2010; his loud off-the-field antics overshadowed his fairly good game play. Jones had an up year in 2013 with 56 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 14 pass defenses. These numbers aren’t magnificent, but are enough to keep the Bengals interested.

No. 2 Shayne Graham

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No. 2 Shayne Graham

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Graham may have been around the block a few times when it comes to NFL teams he played for, but he will be mainly known for his talents displayed in his tenure in Cincinnati. During that seven-year span, he scored a total of 779 points for the Bengals and will go down as one of the best in franchise history.

No. 1 Terrell Owens

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No. 1 Terrell Owens

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He was on the backend of his career and the media was more focused on the “Batman and Robin” show of Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson. Even with all of that attention, Owens proved to be more than productive for the Bengals during the 2011 NFL season, racking up 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.