The Bengals made their two biggest free agency plays in history signing D.J. Reader and Trae Waynes
Although they can't officially announce the moves until Wednesday at 4 p.m., the Bengals made their two biggest free agency plays in history Tuesday when published reports said they agreed to terms with one of the best young lineman in the game in Houston nose tackle D.J. Reader and a former first-round cornerback in the Vikings' Trae Waynes while boosting their defense with two impact starters.
Sources -- Bengals agree to sign D.J. Reader, Trae Waynes to bolster defense
The Cincinnati Bengals, a franchise not known for making big splashes in free agency, made two massive acquisitions Tuesday, agreeing to terms with defensive tackle D.J. Reader and cornerback Trae Waynes, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Bengals bolster defense with D.J. Reader, Trae Waynes
Reader, the NFL.com No. 15 free agent, is a force against the rush, having clogged opposing run games for the Texans for the last four seasons. In 2019, Reader had career-highs of 52 tackles -- and 2.5 sacks -- in 15 starts for the playoff-bound Texans.
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Winner of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award given to the best defensive back in college football, Dennard is a former first round NFL Draft pick — but injuries derailed his career. He has missed 19 games in his six-year career.
CB Trae Waynes leaves Vikings for three-year, $42 million deal with Bengals
With cornerbacks always at a premium, the Vikings entered free agency figuring he might receive an offer for several million over that. But Waynes getting more than a 50 percent raise from last season was a surprise for a player who never has made a Pro Bowl.
Bengals to sign free agent and former Vikings first-round pick Trae Waynes, per report
The Cincinnati Bengals have focused on retooling their defense in the opening days of the legal free agency tampering period. On Tuesday, the Bengals made Texan D.J. Reader the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL with a four-year, $53 million deal that will be signed (and become official) when free agency opens on Wednesday. Shortly after that news broke, the Bengals agreed to terms with former Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Waynes lands a three-year, $42 million deal, per a source close to Rappoport. Waynes will get $20 million in the first year and averages of $14 million over the course of the deal.
Best trade destinations for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton
Trading Dalton figures to be the most likely scenario and the Bengals have said they want “to do right” by Dalton. The three-time Pro Bowler is the franchise leader in touchdown passes and completions. More importantly, he’s been a model citizen in and out of the locker room.
Bengals Tried Hard For LBs Joe Schobert, Nick Kwiatkoski
Schobert got five years and $54MM from the Jaguars, and Fowler reports that they were unwilling to match that. Cincinnati is usually never a big player in free agency, and they’ve now struck out on a couple of their bigger attempts. The Bengals were also in until the end on Nick Kwiatkoski, who ended up with the Raiders, tweets Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. Clearly, they’re looking for linebacker help.
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