Matt Williamson Gives The Bengals A "B-" For Free Agency

Free agency. The awesome month where players leave teams for betting paying gigs, or far more promising futures than the one's represented to them the previous season. The Bengals lost a handful of role players, but the lone true starter that left is Nate Livings -- and we know how huge that was. Maybe Frostee Rucker too, who started twice as many games last season than Michael Johnson.

Matt Williamson gave the Bengals a "B-" in his free agency grade, writing (ESPN In$ider):

The Bengals opened free agency with a ton of money to spend. With a surplus of early draft picks and this cap room at their disposal, Cincinnati was in a great position to really improve its roster. While I am a proponent of not overspending on other teams' castoffs, and bearing in mind that the Bengals have a great opportunity to add quality talent in the draft with two first-round picks, I can't help but feel that the Bengals let a golden opportunity slip through their hands this offseason. I would have attacked a high-end free agent or two such as Carl Nicks or Cortland Finnegan. The Bengals did well to keep their secondary intact by retaining Nelson and Jones, and overall, they are a pretty deep team. Upgrades should be in store from the draft, where they won't have to reach for a particular position.

Comparatively speaking, Williamson gave only four AFC teams better grades than the Bengals.

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