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Cincinnati Bengals Off-Season Thoughts by T-Cha (Please Rec) Took me like a week to write this

This season was somewhat better than most, I think that the Bengals Organization and the Bengals team can build on this back to back playoff berth and will probably thrive to become better and focusing on what we have on the roster, we arent that far off from being a Super Bowl Contention every year, we just need to fix some things up and look at what we need to get better at..This year gave me more hope for the future and that last year wasnt a fluke, I believe that if we can keep our Core players and keep on developing the talents we get we will be a team that will in contention every year..There is a lot of promise on this team, and I Believe that having gone to the playoffs back to back will boost everyone's experience, but we will have to work even harder to get where we want to be, which is raising that Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl and NFL Champs.

Bengals FA

Pos Player FA Status Previous Team Current Team
QB Bruce Gradkowski UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
RB Brian Leonard UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
RB Cedric Peerman RFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
RB Bernard Scott UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
WR Andrew Hawkins RFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
WR Brandon Tate UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
TE Clark Harris UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
TE Richard Quinn UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
PK Josh Brown UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
PK Mike Nugent UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
P Kevin Huber UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
OT Andre Smith UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
DL Robert Geathers UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
DL Wallace Gilberry UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
DL Michael Johnson UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
DL Pat Sims UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
LB Thomas Howard UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
LB Manny Lawson UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
LB Rey Maualuga UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
LB Vincent Rey RFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
LB Dan Skuta UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
CB Nate Clements UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
CB Adam Jones UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
CB Terence Newman UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
S Jeromy Miles RFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent
S Chris Crocker UFA Cincinnati Bengals Free Agent

Cincinnati Bengals Salary Cap

2013 Cap Space: $121 Million

Bengals Active Contracts(After taking all the UFA/RFA from Bengals Roster): $55.1million

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Bengals Active Contracts(Jason Allen/Jamaal Anderson/Robert Sands cut): $59,555,000

Bengals Cap Space: $61,445,000

Bengals Re-sign

Andre Smith OT- 5 year 39million/ $7.8million per year

Michael Johnson DE- 4 year 25million/ $6.25million per year

Andrew Hawkins WR- 4 year 5million/ $1.25million per year

Thomas Howard LB- 3 year 6million/ $2million per year

Adam Jones CB- 3 year 5.5million/ $1.83million per year

Wallace Gilberry DE- 2 year 2million/ 1million per year

Pat Sims DT- 2 year 2million/ 1million per year

Chris Crocker S- 2 year 2million/ $1million per year

Cedric Peerman RB- 1 year 1million/ $1million per year

Dan Skuta LB- 3 year 5million/ $1.67million per year

Jeromy Miles S- 1 year 2million/ $2million per year

Kevin Huber P- 3 year 5million/ $1.67million per year

Clark Harris LS- 3 year 5million/ $1.67million per year

Josh Brown K or Mike Nugent K- 3 year 5million/ $1.67million per year

Used in Bengals Re-signings: $31,810,000

Bengals Available Cap Space(after Re-signings) $29,635,000

FA Bengals should look at

-Josh Johnson QB Cleveland

- Greg Jennings WR Green Bay

- Austin Collie WR Indianapolis

- Chad Johnson WR UFA

- Ted Ginn Jr. WR San Francisco

- Ben Watson TE Cleveland

- Donald Lee TE UFA

- Brandon Moore OG NYJ

- Dwight Freeney DE Indianapolis

- Connor Barwin DE/OLB Houston

- Daryl Smith OLB Jacksonville

- Justin Durant OLB Detroit

- Sean Smith CB Miami

- Cary Williams CB Baltimore

- Tracy Porter CB Denver

- Dashon Goldson S San Francisco

Bengals Free Agent Signings

- Josh Johnson QB 2 year 3million/ $1.5million per year

- Chad Johnson WR 2 year 2.5million/ $1.25million per year

- Cary Williams CB 3 year 9million/ $3million per year

Free Agents Spending: $4,250,000

Bengals Cap Space: $25,385,000

Players Bengals who should have on Speed Dial

- Robert Geathers DE

- Terrence Newman CB

Bengals Off-Season

I personally think that this year was more of searching for another weapon outside of AJ Green, every team knows that if they can take out AJ Green our Offense wouldnt flow, just look at it, we had a very a below average play from our #2WR in the beginning of the season from Tate to Binns and having to go with Hawkins, the problem is that when teams double AJ, our #2WR cannot take advantage of the 1v1 match-up. Then as we started slowly inserting Sanu and Jones into the #2WR role we have some great plays from both of them being able to get some production from both of them. Sanu was able to come-up big in the Chiefs,Giants and Raiders games before getting hurt (also the Redskins game) Jones on the other hand has shown promise for the offense with his speed and threat to stretch the field. Jones has some drops early on, but he has also come up big vs the Steelers and the Ravens at the end of the season. I wouldnt be oppose to signing a Vet WR to help this young WR crop out, look AJ is only entering his 3rd year in the league and when he was on the team the Vet WR was probably Caldwell or Simpson. But I think that the best thing to do is probably let Jones and Sanu grow to their potential.

I believe that the Defense is still close of being Elite, I just think that we need someone who is able to be a play maker and make a huge impact in the game, somewhat of a Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis type of player..It would be great to have a few more play makers on the defense of side of the ball, so far we have Geno Atkins,Reggie Nelson and maybe Michael Johnson? I think we maybe have a great player in Burfict and Lamur, these two LB's stood out a lot for me this season, I was able to watch the game and see that these two guys can play. Adding a few more player makers will boost this team and Defense to even to become better than what they were..

To sum this entire season up, it shows that the Bengals are growing and still have a lot of room to get better. Coming into this season we all question who will be our #2WR opposite of our Star WR in AJ Green, who drafted 2 very promising WR in Sanu and Jones, who wil only get better..Our Defense in the 1st half of the season somewhat let us down with the question at SS having Mays and Miles back there before moving Clements and ultimately bringing back Chris Crocker to help stabilize the back end of the Defense..

One Word to sums this season up

"UpComing"

- Bengals probably will need one Great more draft class and some players to develop so the Bengals will be a Super Bowl Contender..also some game day management class too..

Since the Season is over, I would like to introduce a Mock Draft..for fellow Bengals Fan

- I would love to trade down if any teams are desperate for a QB near the end of the 1st round,

T-Cha's Mock Draft

Round 1: Kevin Minter LB LSU

- Need someone who make plays behind the LOS and making the tackles and also be able to cover in Coverage

Round 2: Giovani Bernard RB North Carolina

-The Speed back who we are missing in our Offense who is able to relief BJGE

Round 2: Phillip "Waka Flocka" Thomas S Fresno State

-Think of a Reggie Nelson, would be a 1st round pick if he wraps up in the open field but is still a tackling machine

Round 3: David Amerson DB North Carolina State

- Led the nation with 14 INT a year ago, but got beat a lot this year, Zimmer will coach him up along with Carrier

Round 4: Cornellius "Tank" Carradine DE Florida State

- Filled in for Brandon Jenkins, and was having a great start until got hurt, may fall due to injury

Round 5: Levine Toilolo TE Stanford

- Need another Weapon for Dalton in the redzone when you are 6'7 you have an advantage in the Red Zone

Round 6: Zach Rogers WR Tennessee

- Speedster who has great hands, can play the slot and the outside would be great for depth

Round 6: Robbie Rouse RB Fresno State

- Rouse is a Darren Sproles type of player, small but is low to the ground and is able to bounce off defenders easy can also throw for TD's in the redzone in the Wildcat

UDFA

- RB Christian Thompson Florida State

- RB Onterio McCalebb Auburn

- TE Mychal Rivera Tennessee

- C James Ferentz Iowa

- DE/LB Walter Stewart Cincinnati

- DB Prentiss Waggner Tennessee

- WR Skye Dawson TCU

- LB Travis Brown Fresno State

- LB Nick Moody Florida State

- OT Tanner Hawkinson Kansas

- OT Matt Summers-Gavin California

- OG Lane Taylor Oklahoma

- K Dustin Hopkins Florida State

- P Brad Wing LSU

- I think these UDFA will be fighting for a roster spot and will be a great addition to our team. I think that it would be a great training camp with these UDFA coming in and fighting for a spot on Special Teams or the Practice Squad having these players come in, we can see what they can do and also look at their potential..would love to see this happen

Rookie Pool: Around : 10-12million

Bengals Cap Space: Around 13-15million

T-Cha's Bengals 2013-2014 Roster (T-Cha's Style)

Off-season/Training Camp Roster

Offense (41)

(3) QB: Andy Dalton, Josh Johnson, Zac Robinson

(7) RB: BJGE, Giovani Bernard,Cedric Peerman, Dan "Boom" Herron, Robbie Rouse, Christian Thompson, Onterio McCalebb

(2) FB: John Conner, Chris Pressley

(4) TE: Jermaine Gresham, Orson Charles, Levine Toilolo, Mychal Rivera

(11) WR: AJ Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins,Ryan Whalen, Chad Johnson, Vidal Hazelton, Justin Hilton,Lavasier Tuinei, Zach Rogers, Skye Dawson

(6) OT: Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith, Anthony Collins, Dan Knapp, Tanner Hawkinson, Matt-Summer-Gavin

(5) OG: Kevin Zeitler, Clint Boling, Tarvelle Wharton, Otis Hudson, Lane Taylor

(3) C: Trevor Robinson, Kyle Cook, James Ferentz

Defense (34)

(5) DE: Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry, Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, DeQuin Evans

(5) DT: Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, Pat Sims, Devon Still, Brandon Thompson

(10) LB: Thomas Howard, Kevin Minter, Vontaze Burfict, Emmanuel Lamur, Dan Skuta, Dontay Moch, JK Schaffer, Travis Brown, Walter Stewart, Nick Moody

(8) CB: Leon Hall, Brandon Ghee, Adam "Pacman" Jones, Cary Williams, Dre' Kirkpatrick, Shaun Prater, David Amerson, Prentiss Waggner

(6) S: Reggie Nelson, Chris Crocker, Taylor Mays, George Iloka, Phillip Thomas, Tony Dye

Special Teams (7)

(3) K: Josh Brown, Mike Nugent, Dustin Hopkins

(2) P: Kevin Huber, Brad Wing

(2) LS: Clark Harris, Bryce Davis

Off-season Roster 82/90 players

T-Cha's Final Bengals Roster 2013-2014

Offense (24)

(2)QB: Andy Dalton, Josh Johnson

(4)RB: BJGE, Giovani Bernard, Cedric Peerman, Dan "Boom" Herron

(1)FB: Chris Pressley

(6)WR: AJ Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins, Chad Johnson, Ryan Whalen

(3)TE: Jermaine Gresham, Orson Charles, Levine Toilolo

(3)T: Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith, Anthony Collins

(3)G: Kevin Zeitler, Travelle Wharton, Clint Boling

(2)C: Trevor Robinson, Kyle Cook

Defense (26)

(4)DE: Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry, Cornellius "Tank" Carradine

(5)DT: Geno Atkins, Domata Peko, Pat Sims, Devon Still, Brandon Thompson

(6)LB: Thomas Howard, Kevin Minter, Vontaze Burfict, Emmanuel Lamur, Dan Skuta, Dontay Moch

(6)CB: Leon Hall, Brandon Ghee, Adam "Pacman" Jones, Cary Williams, Dre' Kirkpatrick, David Amerson

(5)S: Reggie Nelson, Chris Crocker, Phillip Thomas, Taylor Mays, George Iloka

Special Teams (3)

(1)K- Josh Brown

(1)P- Kevin Huber

(1)LS- Clark Harris

Special Team Members

(Punt Coverage)

- DB David Amerson

- DB Brandon Ghee

- RB Dan "Boom" Herron

- RB Cedric Peerman

- S George Iloka

- S Taylor Mays

- S Phillip Thomas

- LB Dan Skuta

- LB Emmanuel Lamur

- LS Clark Harris

- P Kevin Huber

Practice Squad

- QB Zac Robinson

- WR Zach Rogers

- RB Christian Thompson

- RB Robbie Rouse

- LB/DE Walter Stewart

- DB Prentiss Waggner

Players who should be on Bengals Radar (Speed Dial to PS or Roster)

- DB Shaun Prater

- WR Lavasier Tuinei

- S Tony Dye

- TE Mychal Rivera

- RB Onterio McCalebb

- OT Matt Summer-Gavin

- OT Tanner Hawkinson

- K Dustin Hopkins

- LB Travis Brown

- LB Nick Moody

Analysis Conclusion:

- Will sum this up by saying that the Bengals will need to grow more this coming up year, I think the Bengals will need to come out fast and finish strong, I think the Bengals are more deadly and lethal when we are able to get A.J. Green his touches, I mean on end arounds, WR screen Fly Route, Slants, and putting him in the slot sometimes to create mismatches for Defense, it would not only benefit only AJ Green but the entire offense, it opens up the running game with 7 in the box and having the TE and the other WR in 1v1 situations which will allow them to win, also it will cause the Defense to stop AJ Green, and it will allow other players to get their touches as well too..

I think that Marvin Lewis is the right guy for the HC job for the Bengals, he hasnt been win a playoff game yet, but do we all need to at the bigger picture, look Marvin has slowly gain some power from Mike Brown and has build a football which has a lot of potential..I know that winning a playoff game is important, I know..I also really want the Bengals and Marvin Lewis & Co. to win some playoff games and the Lombardi Trophy too as well......... I know that Marvin Lewis haven't won one playoff game in his 10 years as the Bengals HC.. being in the playoffs in 3 of the last 4 years, I think we can really make a run at this Lombardi Trophy..

Who Dey!!

Leggo Bengals!!

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