The recent release of highly paid Oakland Raider cornerback Stanford Routt has helped accelerate interest in the free agent market for all cornerbacks. Corner is likely to be one of the positions with the most depth once free agency hits this March. This is a good thing for our Bengals, who will be needing some help at the position.
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco recently put together a lost of the top 50 free agents, he included six corners on his list. The players that he included are Kansas City's Brandon Carr, Atlanta's Brent Grimes, Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan, San Francisco's Carlos Rogers, New Orleans' Tracy Porter, and New York's Aaron Ross. Will the Bengals be looking to spend big money on a cornerback this off-season? It seems more likely that they would draft a corner highly in the draft and possibly pick up a number two receiver in free agency. With that being said, any of the corners just mentioned would certainly give the team a well established veteran.
It is currently unknown what the Bengals will do with free agents Adam Jones and Kelly Jennings. Leon Hall will spend the off-season rehabbing a torn Achilles, and veteran Nate Clements may be better suited in nickel situations. It has been well documented that the Bengals are around 44 million under the cap and will have money to spend this March. The Bengals will need to lock up their own guys like Reggie Nelson and Mike Nugent but that should not stop them from making a splash in free agency. Could the Bengals look to spend money on a cornerback in March and then draft a receiver to team up with A.J. Green in April? This is just one of the many questions that Bengals fans will be spending the next few long weeks debating.