The Cincinnati Bengals are rarely active in free agency early on when it comes to outside free agents, but it looks like we have a new name to watch for.
It comes from within the division as Baltimore Ravens free agent safety Brynden Trawick is set to visit the Queen City, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle:
Ravens free agent safety Brynden Trawick is visiting th Bengals per a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 14, 2016
To this point in Trawick's three-year career, he's been mostly a backup free safety who's done well on special teams for the Ravens. That's exactly the kind of small signing the Bengals like making every offseason. Last year, it came in the form of Shiloh Keo, who was a decent backup safety that offered the Bengals more value on special teams.
Like Keo, Trawick is on the market because he's not exactly someone that teams will sign in hopes he can be a guy getting a lot of snaps on defense. According to Pro Football Reference, Trawick played just 87 defensive snaps this past season, but did register 394 special teams snaps.
When Trawick did play this past season, he actually played both safety and cornerback and did okay in the process. In Week 17, he made a key one-on-one tackle for loss on Marvin Jones.
That versatility could also be why Cincinnati is looking at Trawick. As of now, starting safety Reggie Nelson and starting slot corner Leon Hall are both free agents, so the Bengals may think Trawick can give them depth at both spots.
Trawick was the Ravens’ leading special teams tackler last season with a team-high nine stops. He played in all 16 games and 15 total tackles.
In three seasons with Baltimore, Trawick has appeared in 38 games (1 start) and recorded 30 tackles, one pass deflection and no interceptions. He signed as an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2013 and was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Ravens opted to not extend the low $1.67 million tender with the hopes of signing him to a lesser deal.