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Bengals' Free Agency moves the last 2 years... do the Bengals "get" Free Agency?

For players, free agency is an opportunity to receive their market value without a team controlling them for their whole career.

For teams, Free Agency is an opportunity to rectify inept drafting by paying for good players who they missed on in the draft. It is also a chance to fill any 'needs' before the draft starts up so that the team is not handcuffed drafting for "need".

In Free Agency, you are going to lose some players, and you are going to gain some players. The teams who "get" free agency, are the ones who really do well - they add more than they lose, and at a good value.

So with this in mind, what did the Bengals do in Free Agency in 2012?

2012 Lost
DE Frostee Rucker
DE Jonathan Fanene
WR Andre Caldwell
WR Jerome Simpson
LG Nate Livings
RG Mike McGlynn
LB Brandon Johnson
CB Kelly Jennings
S Gibril Wilson
RG Bobbie Williams

They lost starters in Bobbie, Livings and Simpson, with their top rotating backups in Caldwell, Fanene, Rucker, and Jennings.

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2012 Additions
RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis
CB Terence Newman
CB Jason Allen
LG Travelle Wharton
DE Derrick Harvey
DE Jamal Anderson
RB Aaron Brown

They added 2 guys who were solid starters BJGE and Newman. And a cast of other guys who really did nothing.

Some of their biggest needs (Safety, RG, WR2, DL, backup QB) were totally ignored in Free Agency.

D-Line was technically addressed, but with 2 guys who weren't any good.

The Bengals did not gain more than they lost in Free Agency, and it's debatable whether they broke even.

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So, looking at 2013, have the Bengals turned things around in Free Agency?

2013 Lost
K Josh Brown
QB Bruce Gradkowski
DT Pat Sims
LB Dan Skuta

They lost the healthier of their 2 kickers, their run-stuffing DT, and a special teams player - losses that can be overcome.

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2013 Additions
QB Josh Johnson

The Bengals have failed to address any of their biggest needs in free agency (WR2, SAM, Safety, RBBC)

They essentially changed backup QB's, and lost a few other players.

So it seems that the Bengals again have failed to improve in Free Agency, opting rather to complacently stay with their team that is a "playoff contender", but far from a "playoff lock" or a team that is poised to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.

I suppose after what Mike Brown did to this team in the 1990's, being a team that merely competes for a final playoff spot is acceptable to the Bengals franchise, as evidenced by their 2012 and 2013 Free Agent activity?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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