James Walker writes.
As regular readers of this blog will point out, I've been down on the Bengals from the start, Luke. I've lived in Ohio for six years and covered Cincinnati in my previous job, so I know the team pretty well. It's not a well-built, well-run franchise and that's important in this league. As I've said several times, the Bengals won four games with these players last season. They can win four games next year without them and start over.
It should be pointed out that of the Bengals four wins in 2008, two games were without both receivers. Chad Johnson missed the season's final two games, and Houshmandzadeh sat the finale. Both games the Bengals won. Granted, against inferior teams. Still, the Bengals can win without both receivers, provided they build a winning team instead of depending on two wide receivers.
Walker later went on to say about the team's running backs.
I'm still not convinced Benson is a feature back in the NFL, so the Bengals should take a running back later in the draft whether Benson re-signs or not. History has proven that good players can be found at that position after the first round.