A solid free agent safety is off of the market for the Bengals. The position is one that the Bengals are likely going to address this offseason.
There are a few positions on the Bengals' roster that are potentially set to go in overhaul mode in 2013. You could lump running back, cornerback and safety in that category, given the each group's age and impending free agents. Safety has always been interesting to track in the Marvin Lewis era, as he has preferred to go the way of the veteran--be it via trade or free agency. This year the Bengals will likely look at both free agency and the draft to help bolster the position.
The Buffalo Bills recently released safety George Wilson, who was a goner because of salary cap reasons. He, along with fellow Bills safety Jairus Byrd were the top two ranked free agent safeties by ProFootballFocus. Wilson had an impressive +12.4 score by PFF and gained some interest when he hit the market.
Alas, a quality free agent safety is off of the market for the Bengals, as Wilson signed a two-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. Apparently, the Titans were looking for a quality safety to team with Michael Griffin in their secondary. Titans general manager, Ruston Webster said of the move (via TitanInsider):
"George is a quality veteran player," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said. "He will contribute for us on the field, but his contributions also will come off the field, in the locker room and in the meetings rooms. He was respected as a football player and a leader during his career in Buffalo, and he will bring that veteran presence to our team."
Wilson could have been a good fit for the Bengals for the same reasons that Webster laid out, but they'll have to look elsewhere now with Wilson off of the market. Most think that they Bengals will look at both free agency and the draft to help fill the position group.