The Bengals could be on the verge of losing linebacker Rey Maualuga for the rest of the year after he suffered a significant hamstring injury vs. the Panthers. If he's place on I.R. this week, the team could look to fill his spot on the roster with a street free agent.
Here's a look at the notable free agent outside linebackers:
And the middle linebackers:
Michael Boley was signed by the Bengals in the middle of last year, and played significant snaps in several games. For the sake of familiarity and knowing the Bengals' system, he could be considered.
James Davidson was signed as an undrafted free agent defensive end out of UTEP this offseason. He too is familiar with what the Bengals do, but he doesn't fit what they need right now.
There's always Anthony Schlegel, who looks like he's still in game shape and ready to hit someone.
Offensive guard could be another position the Bengals look to with Kevin Zeitler's injury, though he's expected to return soon.
As of now, T.J. Johnson is the only true backup guard, though Tanner Hawkinson and Marshall Newhouse did play some guard during the preseason. Here's a look at the best free agent guards:
Nate Livings played and started for the Bengals in 2011 before leaving and flaming out after a stint with the Dallas Cowboys.
Otis Hudson was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 draft by Cincinnati, but has never been able to last with any NFL team.
The Bengals are also thin at tight end. Tyler Eifert is still out for another couple of weeks. Jermaine Gresham hasn't been used in the offense much, but he is a viable weapon who defenses respect. If he goes down, Kevin Brock becomes the No.1 Tight End. H-back Ryan Hewitt can play some tight end though as well.
Anyone catch your eye?