You think the Cincinnati Bengals still value Mike Zimmer-coached defensive players?
The fourth free agent signing for the Bengals is another former cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings. This time it’s slot cornerback Mackensie Alexander joining Cincinnati on a one-year deal worth $4 million, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
While Trae Waynes manned the left cornerback spot for the Vikings, Alexander did his work closer to the formation and brings a similar skillset that Darqueze Dennard took with him to the Jacksonville Jaguars. A second-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft, Alexander gave the Vikings 1,252 snaps from the slot in his four years with the team. In 2019, Pro Football Focus graded him as the fourth-best tackling cornerback in the league and credited him with zero missed tackles.
For Alexander’s talent, the Bengals seem to be getting a bargain here. Alexander will have a chance to test the market again next season and with luck, the Bengals will want to bring him back after a successful season.
Cornerback seems to have been completely erased as a need in this year’s draft with Waynes and Alexander joining the position group. This will free up the Bengals to look elsewhere with their first few picks.