After a flurry of signings by the Bengals right before and after the onset of free agency, the team has remained a bit quiet. Head coach Marvin Lewis made it known that that will change when addressing the media at the annual coaches meeting being held in Boca Raton, Florida.
Per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Lewis mentioned that the re-signing of veteran safety Reggie Nelson, as well as the addition of a veteran wide receiver are two options the Bengals still have on the table.
Lewis says re-signing safety Reggie Nelson and signing a veteran receiver such former as Patriot Brandon LaFell still appear to be options.
The wide receiver position was raided in free agency, with Marvin Jones taking a big deal with the Lions and Mohamed Sanu signing another lucrative contract with the Falcons. Lewis also talked about a myriad of other topics with the media.
Veteran Brandon LaFell was brought in for a visit last week, but no deal materialized. The overall impression of LaFell is lukewarm, as he struggled in 2015 with injury and consistency. He did have a solid 2014 campaign though, with 74 catches, 953 yards and seven touchdown grabs. There are a plethora of other veteran options on the market as well, so the Bengals might be setting up more visits if LaFell ends up not being the guy for the job.
The Nelson situation is an odd one. He made his first Pro Bowl last year after co-leading the NFL in interceptions, but interest on his services has been extremely sparse. His age is a concern, as he'll be 33 early in the season, and he did have an ankle injury in the Wild Card loss to the Steelers. Many are assuming his age and salary demands are what has been standing in the way of his signing a deal.
Nelson did recently receive lukewarm interest from the Titans, but no visit has appeared to have been scheduled, as of Tuesday afternoon. It's widely-assumed he would like to return to Cincinnati, but he might just be asking for too high of a contract for any team to be interested at the moment.