It's no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals need to add some depth to their defensive backfield, particularly at cornerback. With Leon Hall facing another long rehab process due to a torn Achilles, not to mention the aging Terence Newman and Adam Jones always dealing with some kind of nagging injury, an injection of youth through the NFL Draft is the most ideal way to bolster this unit.
But with NFL free agency now open, one has to think the Bengals will wait for the first couple of signings to pass, then look at some value corners to sign. Most of the initial unrestricted free agents are unaffordable to Cincinnati, but several notable veterans have been cut to boost the market.
The Bengals do love them some veteran DBs, and here's a look at who's available:
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos
Cortland Finnegan, St. Louis Rams
Walter Thurmond III, Seattle Seahawks
Captain Munnerlyn, Carolina Panthers
Brandon Browner, Seattle Seahawks (suspended first 4 games of 2014)
Mike Jenkins, Oakland Raiders
Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos
Jabari Greer, New Orleans Saints
Tarrell Brown, San Francisco 49ers
Asante Samuel, Atlanta Falcons
Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets
Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears
Brice McCain, Houston Texans
Looking at this list, don't expect the Bengals to sign any of them in the first few days of free agency. Most of these guys will be signed later on, possibly even after the NFL Draft.