The Bengals have one practice squad spot open.
Michael Sam is still waiting to be signed by anyone, even if it's just on someone's practice squad.
The question has to be asked: Should the Bengals sign him?
If we're looking at Sam the player, and what he did this preseason, it shouldn't be a debate, which is the only thing I'm considering.
Not the media attention. Not what Sam does off the field, provided it's nothing illegal. Nothing more than asking, what can Sam bring to the Bengals, which seems like a viable option on a defensive line that's talented at the top, but dangerously thin on the back-end.
Margus Hunt and Carlos Dunlap are rising stars, and Wallace Gilberry is the perfect guy to bring off the bench to provide a pass rush at defensive tackle or defensive end.
However, the guys behind them don't offer much security. Robert Geathers' days in the NFL are numberd, and the 11-year pro missed all but two games last year with an elbow injury.
Will Clarke was the worst-rated defensive end (8.0) this preseason by Pro Football Focus by 1.8 points (that's a significant margin).
That's it. That's the Bengals depth at DE.
On the practice squad, they do have Sam Montgomery, who had a -2.1 grade as he notched 6 combined QB disruptions (5 hurries, 1 hits, 1 sacks) this preseason.
As for Sam, he registered a 0.6 grade with eight disruptions (4 hurries, 2 hits, 2 sacks) with the Rams. Given the Bengals' thin depth on the 53-man roster at DE, having two guys at that position on the practice squad wouldn't hurt, would it?
Let's say it's not Sam. What DEs would you like to see added to either the Bengals 53-man roster and/or the practice squad?