CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Reggie Nelson #20 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after a sack against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Cardinals 23-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Reggie Nelson, the Bengals top free agent that hit the market on March 13, when contracts expired and key defensive players began an exodus out of Cincinnati. Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker, both backups though productive, have already departed to join new teams. Safety Reggie Nelson hasn't developed huge interest on the open market, but the New York Jets invited Cincinnati's starting free safety on Friday for an overnight stay.
Through a team source in New York, the Jets are 70 percent certain that they'll sign Nelson on Saturday, according to Kristian Dyer, who covers the New York Jets for Metro New York.
It's been assumed that the Bengals are perfectly willing to let Nelson leave, hinting during the NFL Combine last month that they're comfortable giving guys like Taylor Mays and Robert Sands an opportunity if it comes to that. Additionally it was somewhat telling that the team choose to use the franchise tag on place kicker Mike Nugent, rather than Nelson, who would have required a modest $6 million cap number on a team that's currently sitting with $38.9 million against the cap.