End of 2012: Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers, Wallace Gilberry, Jamaal Anderson (IR)
Start of 2013: Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers, Wallace Gilberry, Jamaal Anderson, Margus Hunt, Dontay Moch, DeQuin Evans
Here's a question for you.
Have the Cincinnati Bengals really improved during the offseason at defensive end? Was it even possible for them to improve? Johnson, Dunlap, Geathers and Gilberry accounted for 27 of the team's 51 total quarterback sacks (52.9 percent). That's as many quarterback sacks as the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded (as a team) and more than the entire defense for the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Though free agency nearly upset that dynamic, the Bengals went tunnel vision with a philosophy to re-sign their own.
Starting in March, the Bengals re-signed Wallace Gilberry and Robert Geathers while slapping the franchise tag on Johnson. Now the same cast for mega-sack '12 returns with an even more fearsome addition. The six-foot-huge Margus Hunt, who is not unlike the enforcer from every Die Hard movie. Meanwhile, Dontay Moch hangs on by a thread.
Unfortunately, this appears to be the final encore with this group as market value between player and team has a significant gap.
Now you vote.