There has been some complaining & frustration that Tampa signed Nicks to a contract worth about $9.5 million a season (instead of the Bengals). But I think we need to remember...
We have approx $49 million in cap space, but a lot of holes to fill.
The free agents we need to re-sign or replace include:
2 Offensive Tackles (Collins, Roland)
3 Guards (Williams, Livings, McGlynn)
1 Running Back (Benson)
2 Wide receivers (Simpson, Caldwell)
3 D-Linemen (Rucker, Fanene, Sims)
2 Linebackers (Lawson, Johnson)
2 Cornerbacks (Jennings, Jones)
1 Safety (Nelson)
That’s 16 players. If we get replacements at the league minimum, that’s over $10 million spent (1/4).
There are a LOT of starters & quality backups in that list of free agents above.
We obviously don’t want to replace them with ‘league minimum’ guys unless we want to go 0-16.
So if we replace them with guys making ‘NFL average’ at their positions that eats up about $20~$30 million (1/2).
But who wants ‘NFL average’ replacements? We want some good, quality replacements. We want a starting WR, starting safety, starting corner, starting D-Lineman, starting RB, 2 starting guards, etc...
If we replace each of these guys leaving with players who are “good” but not “elite”, and spend $3 million per, that eats up $48 million out of the $49 million. No way the Bengals do that, because they always try to set some $ aside for injuries. And if you add a $9.5 million guard into the mix, then we certainly aren’t getting any better than NFL average or NFL minimum guys at the other positions.
Whitworth is the best O-Lineman on this team. He makes $3,690,000.
No way they pay a Guard 250% more than our Left Tackle.
Also, keep in mind that the following players are unrestricted free agents next year...
A Smith (starting RT)
B Leonard / B Scott (both backup RB’s)
B Gradkowski (backup QB)
R Geathers / M Johnson (starting DE’s)
T Howard / R Maualuga (starting LB’s)
N Clements / C Crocker (starting DB’s)
M Nugent / K Huber (starting K & P)
We have a lot of starters hitting free agency next season – 6 on defense, 1 on offense, both kickers. So if we blow through all of our $ in 2012, we’ll be hard pressed to replace or retain all the guys who hit free agency in 2013.
I’m all for us getting some good players, but I just don’t see the Bengals overspending in the first few days of free agency, when the big $ signings happen.
regarding free agency
I want us to spend like the Yankees...even though it's unrealistic (10 votes)
I get that we have to spend the $ wisely, but dang, i just want to get some big names signed. (89 votes)
What? Sorry, i was thinking of something else. (8 votes)
Spring begins next Tuesday. But dang, if it doesn't already feel like early summer. (18 votes)
125 total votes