While we sift through the ashes of the Bengals’ release of their 53-man roster, we are also under the impression that changes will be made to it, in one form or another. In recent years, the Bengals haven’t been shy about making a waiver wire claim (Brandon Tate, KeiVarae Russell, Jeff Driskel) or a trade (Reggie Nelson, Kelly Jennings) shortly after finalizing their roster.
So, in that vein, we have been scouring the news about recently-cut players who could contribute in Cincinnati this season.
Here are some of the more intriguing names let loose onto the free market on Saturday—especially when it comes to the Bengals, as they look to finely-tune their roster before Week 1 in Indianapolis.
Xavier Su’a-Filo, offensive guard: Su’a-Filo was a former second round pick after a standout career at UCLA. He’s had an up-and-down career in the NFL and was just released by the Titans, who signed him this offseason.
T.J. Clemmings, offensive lineman: Remember when Clemmings was a popular mock pick to the Bengals a couple of years ago? He was once thought of as a first round pick, but fell to the fourth round to Mike Zimmer and the Vikings. Clemmings went to another coach under the Marvin Lewis tree in Jay Gruden, but the Redskins just released him. He might be a band-aid and/or solid depth signing for the Bengals.
Donnel Pumphrey, running back: He set NCAA records at San Diego State, but couldn’t make the Eagles’ roster this year. Aside from helping out the running backs in a number of ways, he could contribute on special teams as a return man in a pinch.
Tony Lippett, cornerback: The Bengals are said to be in the market for cornerback depth and Lippett is one of the better guys on the open market. He has good size at 6’3” and had four interceptions for the Miami Dolphins in 2016, but didn’t play all of last season after tearing his Achilles.
Breshad Perriman, wide receiver: The Ravens’ former first round pick was let go during final cuts. He’s had problems with drops and injuries, but should quickly find a home somewhere else with a team willing to attempt to revitalize his career.
Ravens WR Breshad Perriman has been waived, per @AdamSchefter. He will go down as perhaps the biggest bust in team history. In 27 games, Perriman managed 43 catches for 576 yards and three touchdowns.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) September 1, 2018
Jonathan Cooper, offensive guard: The former first round pick has just never found his groove in the NFL. Since being drafted No. 7 overall in 2013, Cooper has bounced on and off of five teams’ rosters. He’s another guy who could be an emergency starter for the Bengals if they can’t figure out the right side.
Vince Beigel, linebacker: The Packers let go of their former fourth round pick on Saturday. He was mainly a backup and special teams player last season, but might be a temporary upgrade to the Bengals’ position group, as they await Vontaze Burfict’s return from a four-game suspension.
Nico Siragusa, offensive guard: Another SDSU alum who played with Pumphrey, was let go on final cuts by the Baltimore Ravens after just two seasons with the club. He was drafted in the fourth round and battled injuries, but might be a solid long-term prospect.
Kyle Fuller, center: No, not that Kyle Fuller—it’s the former Houston Texans center. He was a seventh round pick last year and didn’t hang onto their roster in 2018. Since Cincinnati is only currently carrying one true center in Billy Price, Fuller might be a swing guard/backup option.
AFC North cuts
Steelers roster cuts: RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, OLB Keion Adams, QB Landry Jones among notable cuts.
Ravens roster cuts: WR DeVier Posey, OL Cameron Lee, DE Myles Humphrey, WR Breshad Perriman among notable cuts.
Browns roster cuts: FB Danny Vitale, TE Devon Cajuste, OL Spencer Drango, DL Nate Orchard, DL Caleb Brantle among notable cuts.