The Cincinnati Bengals wanted us to believe they’d be more active in free agency this year.
As it turns out, they made a push for free agent Joe Schobert, who would have been a massive boost to a defense in desperate need of quality backers.
Unfortunately, the Bengals’ efforts were all for not, as the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a monster deal with Schobert.
The Bengals were trying aggressively to get ILB Joe Schobert but wouldn't match Jacksonville's final asking price, which is a massive five-year, $53.75-million deal.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 17, 2020
The Bengals defense showed a lot of potential over the second half of last season, but gaping holes at linebacker helped keep this unit from ever reaching its full potential. If the Bengals don’t find a way to add an impact backer in free agency or the draft, the same scenario could play out again in 2020.
It’s good to know the Bengals at least tried to sign a big-name free agent, something that’s been nonexistent under owner Mike Brown, but close doesn’t cut it. The Bengals must find a way to add a quality linebacker, or the struggles of 2019 will continue this year.