The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to continue overhauling their defense through free agency.
This past Wednesday, the Bengals brought in four-time Pro Bowler Ryan Kerrigan for a visit.
There was mutual interest on both sides, but the 32-year-old left without putting pen to paper, which is not what Bengals fans want to hear.
Now it is looking like a deal is not going to happen as James Rapien of All Bengals is reporting that both sides are moving on.
“Kerrigan has known Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo dating back to his college days at Purdue. It’s unclear why negotiations broke down, but both sides are moving on according to league sources.”
There is always a chance Kerrigan ends up in Cincinnati, but it looks like he will be taking his talents somewhere else. Perhaps if Kerrigan is still on the market following the NFL Draft, the Bengals could look to rekindle talks if they don’t add an impact pass-rusher from the college ranks.
However, Kerrigan’s original team, Washington, is still very interested in bringing him back. With the market not developing how Kerrigan had hoped, perhaps it’s now just a matter of time until he’s back with the team he’s spent all 10 of his professional seasons with and is the all-time franchise sacks leader for.
As for the Bengals, they’ll have to turn their attention elsewhere if they want to bolster their defensive line. Perhaps Jarran Reed is who they will be turning their attention to now.
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