The Cincinnati Bengals may not have the most cap space entering the 2020 offseason, but when March 18 hits, their over $44 million will be able to make some ways.
Add in the potential No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow to the equation, and the Bengals may have a chance to look into enhancing multiple positions that could potentially help Burrow lead the franchise.
That said, the Bengals have numerous areas of focus this offseason. Offensive line, tight end, cornerback, linebacker and more that open up as free agents either leave or re-sign will be a priority for Cincinnati.
Analyzing the Bengals’ potential offseason, Pro Football Focus’ Anthony Treash dug into three players that make a ton of sense for Cincinnati to sign or, at the very least, target. Those three were CB Byron Jones, G Joe Thuney and TE Hunter Henry.
“In two of the past three seasons, Darqueze Dennard has been one of the top 10 slot corners in PFF coverage grade. Cincinnati can bring him back for a low cost and form a nice secondary with him, William Jackson III, Darius Phillips and, perhaps, Byron Jones to replace Kirkpatrick. Among all 32 NFL teams, the Bengals’ offensive guards were 30th in overall grade and 31st in pass-protection, where they lost more than any team. Signing Joe Thuney, who owns the third best two-year pass-blocking grade at the position, would certainly help,” Pro Football Focus’ Treash said.
The one not mentioned, Henry, would be a solid option given Tyler Eifert, who may not be re-joining after a relatively disappointing 2019 campaign. Eifert’s future in the Queen City is up in the air.
All three make sense, and they, to go along with Burrow and the return of Jonah Williams, could make Cincinnati a force in the AFC North once again.