Offseason Analysis: Cincinnati Bengals
The Benglas are such a mess. That’s what I said when I previewed them before last season, and nothing has changed. Strike that, they are even more of a mess. At least you figured they’d be fine on Offense last year. Now they have a QB (Carson Palmer) coming off an injury, their rushing attack is a mess, and their WRs still don’t want to play for them. Cedric Benson looked great down the stretch, but he’s an unrestricted free agent. I’m not convinced he’s an RB you can depend on for a full season, especially in a losing environment. Chris Perry is also a free agent, and he’s never really lived up to the hype. I see little chance Houshmandzadeh sticks around. Chad Ocho Cinco has been quiet (nice, huh?), but you know it’s only a mtatter of time before he gets his name in the papers. Chris Henry has to avoid getting arrested in the offseason or he’ll sit out a whole year. In case you’ve been under a rock, the Bungles are back.
John Thornton and Kyries Hebert are the biggest FA’s on D.
The plan for the Bengals will be to figure out who’s running the ball and who’s catching the ball next year. Good luck with that.
**UPDATE: FB Daniel Coats re-signed.**
**UPDATE: Shayne Graham was franchised**
|Pos||Player Name||FA Status||Previous Team||Current Team|
|QB||Ryan Fitzpatrick||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|RB||Cedric Benson||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|RB||DeDe Dorsey||RFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|RB||Chris Perry||RFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|RB||Quincy Wilson||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|FB||Daniel Coats||ERFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|WR||T.J. Houshmandzadeh||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|PK||Shayne Graham||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|DL||John Thornton||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|DL||Jimmy Verdon||RFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|CB||Brandon Williams||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|SS||Kyries Hebert||UFA||Cincinnati Bengals||Free Agent|
|SS||Ethan Kilmer||Signed||Cincinnati Bengals||Miami Dolphins|