We all knew Simpson was a FA but I think most of us believed the Bengals would bring him back. Now with the indictment and the appearance that Marvin is calling more of the shots than MB is, I think Simpson's return is in doubt. The Bengals have a great chop of young talented WRs but Shipley is coming off of an injury and Binns/Hazelton are unproven at the NFL level. We have also seen a lot of people bouncing around the FA WRs and who the Bengals should target. Colston, Meachem, Mannigham, Garcon. We've even seen some posts about going after a WR in the draft. Blackmon, Jeffrey. I don't think Colston is an option b/c he won't leave the Saints if Brees stays. I don't think Meachem is a good fit. Manningham is a less athletic Simpson and I'm afraid Garcon is simply a product of Peyton. Blackmon will never fall to the Bengals (if he does I take him b/c he is that talented) and, although I really like Jeffrey I don't think the Bengals should use a 1st round pick on him.
With all of that being said, I would like to know everyone's thoughts on what I see as the best solution, given the young crop of talented WRs on the roster. Several people have bounced around this idea so I thought it would make a good fanpost. Lets bring in Maurice Purify. Here is why:
1. He was previously here and he really made an impression on the players and coaches as a hard worker who did everything asked of him. It even earned him a roster spot after the injuries and the guys really respect him.
2. He is probably the best blocking WR the Bengals have put on the field in the last 20 years. A WR who blocks like he does opens lanes for huge runs by the RBs.
3. He is young and hungry just like this team, and doesn't have any character issues.
4. He has proven in the Arena League that he is athletic and can make plays. Although the players are not necessarily as big and as fast as the NFL, the arena game is much faster and requires a much faster reaction time. This will have gone a long way to improving Purify's skills.
5. He will sign for much less than any of the FAs or draft picks, freeing up money to sign a FA OG.
Let me hear your thoughts.