With Free Agency in the books the Bengals as usual were pretty quite signing veterans for modest deals. The biggest wave that the Bengals made was trading back to the 21st pick in exchange with the Buffalo Bills to get Cordy Glenn. With the draft nearing here is a look at the Cincinnati Bengals Team Needs.
Cincinnati Bengals Team Needs
This position has been a hot as Russell Bodine has been a favorite of the old offensive line coach but hasn’t had the production. Bodine is a free agent and with a new offensive line coach there is a good chance he isn’t brought back and the Bengals have a new starter.
With Vontaze Burfict being handed a four game suspension it raises doubt whether the Bengals will decide to keep him or cut him loose. Preston Brown was brought in after a good season with Buffalo but Cincinnati could use some youth new blood to their linebacking core.
In Paul Guenther’s defense the Bengals didn’t need good cover safeties because they played so much two high safety. Teryl Austin is now the defensive coordinator and Cincinnati doesn’t have a safety like Glover Quinn who can back back in single high reading and reacting to the ball in the air.
Clint Boling has been a steady force for the Bengals but the loss of Kevin Zeitler at right guard was a big reason why the Bengals finished 31st in rushing. Christian Westerman was supposed be the heir apparent but he has struggled to find his footing and might be better served as a backup.
Andy Dalton thrives when he has plenty of weapons around him and one of his best is Tyler Eifert who struggles to stay healthy. Tyler Koft is a solid number two but the Bengals could look to add another receiving threat since Eifert is on a one year deal.
A trade with Buffalo netting Cordy Glenn solves the Bengals need for a new left tackle but questions still remain at right tackle. Cincinnati could move Cedric Ogbuehi back to right tackle to compete with Jake Fisher or the Bengals could add another veteran to the competition.
Like him or not, Andy Dalton is the quarterback for the Bengals. There is a big question behind him as AJ McCarron is a free agent and will be perusing a starting job on another team. Having a capable backup with Dalton’s injury history is a must.