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Approval Poll: Bengals lose Darqueze Dennard to Jaguars, sign Trae Waynes

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The Bengals got a big shakeup in the secondary. Was it the right move?

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On the second day of tampering in NFL free agency, the Bengals made a big splash with the secondary.

It began with Darqueze Dennard joining the Jaguars, while it ended with Trae Waynes coming to the Queen City.

It wasn’t a major surprise to see Dennard leave, but it was a shocker to see the Bengals go out and not only sign a big free agent like Waynes, but also give him a huge contract. He’s set to make $42 million over three years, making him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in football.

Dennard, on the other hand, will be making $13.5 million on a three-year deal with the Jaguars, making it appear the Bengals could have re-signed him had they put more effort into it.

Instead, the Bengals paid big bucks for Waynes, who actually finished 2019 with a lower PFF grade (65.1) than Dennard (72.2). But while Dennard may have been slightly better, Waynes has been far better in terms of staying on the field, as he’s missed just six games over his first five years in the league, an average of just over one game per season.

Meanwhile, Dennard has missed 19 games over his first six years, an average of over three games missed per season. Time and time again, the Bengals have made it abundantly clear that they place a lot of value on availability, and Waynes has certainly been better in that regard.

With all of this said, do you think the Bengals made the right call to let Dennard go and sign Waynes to a big contract?


Do you approve of the Bengals letting Darqueze Dennard go and signing Trae Waynes?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Yes on both.
    (666 votes)
  • 33%
    No, I don’t agree with letting Dennard go.
    (415 votes)
  • 4%
    No, I don’t agree with signing Waynes.
    (55 votes)
  • 9%
    No on both.
    (113 votes)
1249 votes total Vote Now