Review On How Tuesday's Free Agency Affected The Cincinnati Bengals

We know we had a blitz of posts on Tuesday, so let's take a quick

+ No offensive guards of note actually signed anywhere on Tuesday, however chess pieces are being moved and negotiations are taking place. We didn't expect Cincinnati to address the guard position with one of the top free agents, but that doesn't change the fact that the team needs help at guard, even if they draft a first-round prospect, which we expect them to do also do.

That being said the Bengals are obviously looking to address the depth issues at the position, inviting free agent Jacob Bell for a visit. However don't expect Bell to be upgrade over Mike McGlynn or Nate Livings.

+ Cornerback is another position that the Cincinnati Bengals are needing to upgrade, but not as critical. For the most part they have their starters in Leon Hall and Nate Clements -- provided nothing untold happens such as a setback with Hall's rehabilitation. But it's not long-term and it might draw concerns deeper into the season as Clements was obviously slowing down. Yet much like we expect at guard, the Bengals are likely candidates to draft one of the top cornerback prospects during the 2012 NFL Draft.

Cincinnati invited free agent cornerback Aaron Ross for a visit. Though rather unpopular because the Bengals were somewhat inactive on Tuesday (hey, we warned you), Ross would be a candidate to replace Adam Jones or Kelly Jennings, both of whom are currently free agents. Sometimes free agency isn't so much about improving your team as it is replacing the pieces you're losing. Ross would be that type of addition.

In the meantime the Giants re-signed Terrell Thomas, Cortland Finnegan followed Jeff Fisher to St. Louis and Carlos Rogers stayed in San Francisco.

+ As for wide receivers, consider that the pool wasn't considerable after three of the top route runners were franchised earlier this month. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Vincent Jackson) and Washington Redskins (Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Eddie Royal) made splashes early during free agency while Marques Colston and Reggie Wayne returned to their respective teams. Receiver Robert Meachem signed with the San Diego Chargers, who lost Jackson and quickly responded by signing the former Saints wideout to a four-year deal worth $25.9 million with $14 million guaranteed.

+ Cincinnati lost what whatever projected bid they had when Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey re-signed with Jacksonville early Wednesday morning. Quickly reports surfaced afterwards that the Bengals have "considerable interest" in free agent Kendall Langford, who played for the Miami Dolphins in 2011. But not visit is lined up.

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