The Cincinnati Bengals are running out of options if they want to add another impact pass-catcher.
On Monday, wide receiver Chris Conley agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans, while Josh Reynolds has reached an agreement with the Tennessee Titans.
And it looks like Sammy Watkins could also be coming off the market soon, as he’s reportedly visiting the Baltimore Ravens Tuesday.
As for the offensive guard market, another notable option just went off the board as Brian Winters agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
We’ve talked about how Reynolds was an ideal fit for the Bengals, where he would reunite with Zac Taylor after the two were with the Los Angeles Rams together for several years, but that obviously won’t happen now.
An eighth-year player in 2021, Watkins has caught 321 passes for 4,665 yards and 33 scores over 86 games (82 starts). This past season with the Kansas City Chiefs, Watkins caught 37 passes for 421 yards and two scores in a loaded offense that included Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
Conley, a sixth-year player in 2021, has amassed 191 catches for 2,484 yards and 13 touchdowns across 84 games (52 starts). This past season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he caught 40 balls for 471 yards and two scores. He’s never reached 800 receiving yards in a season but could have been a nice 3rd/4th option for the Bengals.
Winters, a ninth-year player in 2021, has appeared in 105 career games (88 starts). He has one season with a PFF grade of 70+ (2016) and had a 54.6 grade this past season. While he’s no Joe Thuney, Winters would have been a serviceable and cheap option that would have at worst added more competition to arguably the Bengals’ weakest position group right now.
On to the next options.