Bengals Retain Highest Percentage Of Players In AFC North

David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

By re-sigining the majority of their star players, they have retained the highest percentage of players in the division.

It's no secret that the way the Bengals handled the offseason, compared to the way the Steelers and Ravens did, the approaches were completely opposites. Broken down, the Bengals players, both on offense and defense, accounted for 22,506 snaps. Due to their ability to re-sign their own, thanks largely to the amount of money they had under the salary cap, they have only lost 12.35 percent of the snaps by the players not re-signed. According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, that's by far the lowest amount in the AFC North.

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The Ravens have had the highest turnover percentage. Of the 23,375 snaps by players, 5,749 are gone, which comes out to 32.30 percent. The Steelers are right behind the Ravens with 28.87 percent gone and the Browns are third with 22.08 gone.

Retaining a solid core of players is important to sustained success in the NFL. Teams that let their best players walk typically don't win on a year in and year out basis. The Bengals have been able to keep the most important players on their roster and the ones they have let go, or have not re-signed at this point in time, are either backup players or players they don't necessarily need anymore.

The same can't be said of the Ravens and Steelers. The Ravens lost Anquan Boldin on offense and Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, among others on defense. All of these players played a large part in helping the team win Super Bowl XLVII. The Steelers lost their No. 1 receiver in Mike Wallace and several other players.

All three teams got positive grades in the draft, but the Bengals are the only one of those teams able to keep their free agents around, giving them what many believe is the deepest team in the division. This won't necessarily translate to winning on the field, but it will do much more good than harm for the Bengals in 2013.

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