As 2016 NFL season inches closer, the Cincinnati Bengals are still pretty thin at defensive end.
While Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson form one of the best pass-rushing tandems there is, no proven pass-rusher sits behind them after Wallace Gilberry left this offseason. If either Dunlap or MJ go down with an injury, Will Clarke or Margus Hunt suddenly become starters, which is a scary prospect, to say the least.
That explains why the team is working out free agent linebacker/defensive end Dwight Freeney, according to a report from ESPN's Coley Harvey. Freeney spent the 2015 season with the Arizona Cardinals, and while he's said re-signing with them may be an option, he added that if he does sign elsewhere, he wants to play for a winning team.
That's exactly what the Bengals are, not to mention a team coming off five-straight postseason trips. Even in his old age, the 36-year-old Freeney can still rush the passer. He had 8.0 sacks in 11 games for the Arizona Cardinals last year, he's been to seven Pro Bowls and has been named All-Pro three times.
And while Freeney's production in recent years doesn't look great (9 sacks from 2012-14) a big reason why is a torn quad limited him to just four games with the San Diego Chargers in 2013 before working his way back to full health in 2014.
Once he was healed up, Freeney then signed with the Cardinals last year and racked up 8 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in just 11 games as a backup outside linebacker. For the Bengals, he'd be a situational pass-rusher who plays defensive end on passing downs when Johnson or Dunlap need a breather, or maybe even kick down to tackle to rush the passer.
What do you think about the Bengals giving Freeney a shot?