The Cincinnati Bengals rarely make moves at this time of year, but this offseason has been different. The Bengals have addressed a lot of holes in the defense. They also have added a lot of depth.
The first thing the Bengals did was franchise to tag AJ Green. That gives Green 18.5 million dollars guaranteed for 2020, and they have until July 15th to reach a deal.
The first player the Bengals signed was ex Texans DT, DJ Reader. They signed him to a 4-year deal worth 53 million dollars. With this signing, this will stop the double teaming on Geno Atkins. This will also help Sam Hubbard, and Carlos Dunlap attack. Their defensive line is set to be one of the better lines in the NFL.
Next the Bengals signed two ex Viking CBs which will provide depth at that position. They signed CB Trae Waynes to a 3-year 42 million dollar contract and CB Mackenzie Alexander to a 1-year 4 million dollar contract. These two moves will add great depth to the CB position. William Jackson III will be a starter and Alexander, Waynes, and Dre Kirkpatrick can battle for the other side.
Next the Bengals were looking for leadership in their linebacker core because they desperately needed. They picked up ex-Ravens LB, Josh Bynes to a one year deal. This will give them the leadership due to the fact they only have one solid LB in Germaine Pratt. With the depleted depth at linebacker anticipate the Bengals drafting two linebackers in the draft.
Former Saints safety, Vonn Bell, is their best signing out of the secondary. His contract is for 3 years worth 18 million dollars, which makes him a low risk. Best thing is he is worth a lot more due to his elite coverage on the field. He will be a considerable upgrade from Shawn Williams. With Bell and Jessie Bates III, at safety it will be hard getting anything through against Cincinnati.
The Bengals made one move so far on the offensive line. Former Cowboys G Xavier Su’a-Filo signed a low risk contract for 3 years at worth 10 million dollars. He is not a long term solution but he can contend for a starting spot. He is a solid lineman at pass protection, but his run blocking needs work. They will need to address the offensive line more in the draft.
There are still a lot of moves that can be made in free agency especially with the offense. The cap space is running low but there are still cuts that can be made. Keep in mind Joe Mixon needs to be extended sooner than later. However, overall the Bengals have made some solid improvements to their team this free agency.
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