There are always improvements to make after a losing season, but the Cincinnati Bengals were two blown leads against Green Bay and Pittsburgh away from reaching the playoffs. That said, here are 10 personnel moves the team should consider making heading into 2018 if they hope to make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. You’ll notice some are holdovers from our list in 2017 – which were not heeded and remain problems a year later. Gauge the AJ McCarron market correctly Why: We said they should have traded McCarron last offseason but the market the Bengals wanted for their backup quarterback never materialized. It did on Oct. 31 when the Bengals agreed to send McCarron to Cleveland for second and third rounds picks. The Browns didn’t complete the trade on their end, however. Currently, he is due to be a restricted free agent (he has filed a grievance in that matter) and should he remain one, the Bengals must make sure it places the right tender on him to ensure another team offers him a deal. No doubt the team would love to get a first-round pick for him, but with Kirk Cousins due to be a free agent (and perhaps Drew Brees and Case Keenum), the safer play might be a second-round tender. Frankly, it’s time for the team to get what it can and move on. Nugget: Restricted free agent tender prices for 2017 were $3.9 million (first round), 2.7 million (second round) and $1.8 million (drafted round). They are expected to uptick slightly. All restricted free agent tenders are non-guaranteed one-year contracts.
Personnel moves the Cincinnati Bengals should make in 2018
Cincinnati Enquirer | Feb 4