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The Bengals have been quiet over the last two days while other teams have signed some of the top free agents. Here's the best of what's left when it comes to players the Bengals could be interested in.
Since free agency opened on Tuesday, the Bengals have been quiet. Other than the re-signing of Kevin Huber, Mike Nugent, Clark Harris and Wallace Gilberry, as well as placing the franchise tag on Michael Johnson, the Bengals haven't really done much at all. In the meantime, the Bengals have lost Manny Lawson, Pat Sims, Bruce Gradkowski and they may lose Rey Maualuga and Terence Newman soon as well. While they probably weren't going to kill themselves to re-sign these guys, watching them purge their free agents while bringing nobody in to replace them is understandably frustrating.
We're still only on day three, though, and Bengals fans should have seen this coming. This is what the Bengals do and they've still found success over the last few years, going to the playoffs three times.There are still some talented free agents available. Here are some that the Bengals could be interested in.
Of course, there's Ed Reed, but the Bengals are in need of a strong safety and while Reed could probably play both safety positions, he may not be the best fit. Still, having a future hall of fame safety on the roster for a few years before he calls it quits would be pretty awesome. I don't see it happening, though.
Dashon Goldson and LaRon Landry are already off the market, but Quintin Mikell, Kenny Phillips, Bernard Pollard, Kerry Rhodes, Adrian Wilson, Jairus Byrd, Patrick Chung and Louis Delmas are available still.
Many wanted the Bengals to sign Reggie Bush as a complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the team has been rumored to be interested in Steven Jackson as well as Beanie Wells. However, most believe the Bengals will address the position in the draft with one of their four picks in the first three rounds.
Some running backs still available are Jackson, Wells, Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Turner, Peyton Hillis, Felix Jones, Leon Washington, Cedric Benson, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Grant, Mike Goodson, who visited the Bengals, and others.
Most of these guys, with an exception of Washington, Jones and Goodson, wouldn't really be complements to Green-Ellis as much as they would be replacements. The Bengals still may sign one of them, though.
The Bengals lost free agent linebacker Manny Lawson and it looks like they may lose Rey Maualuga, but it doesn't seem that they were too terribly concerned with keeping either of them. They do have a hole at linebacker, though, both at WILL and SAM until they re-sign Thomas Howard, if they do.
Some of the top free agent linebackers include Karlos Dansby, Dwight Freeney, Nick Barnett, Daryl Smith, Brian Urlacher, D.J. Williams, Connor Barwin, James Harrison, Shaun Phillips, James Anderson, Jasper Brinkley and LeRoy Hill.
The Bengals are reportedly working hard to re-sign Andre Smith and if they do, offensive tackle won't really be a need. However, if they do lose him, they'll either need to find a replacement for him in free agency or in the draft.
Some of the top free agent tackles available, other than Smith, are Jake Long, though he's going through a long physical with the Rams now, Sebastian Vollmer, Eric Winston, Jammal Brown, Bryant McKinnie, Jason Smith, Max Starks and Winston Justice.
The Bengals are more set at wide receiver than they are at some of the other positions listed above, but they still may want to sign a free agent for depth and competition at the No. 2 receiver position. A little competition couldn't hurt.
Some of the top free agent receivers are Greg Jennings, Victor Cruz (restricted), Laurent Robinson, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Austin Collie, Mohamed Massaquoi, Randy Moss, David Nelson (restricted), Early Doucet, Kevin Walter and Steve Breaston.
Which free agents are you most interested in?