Agents don’t like dealing with the Bengals. I get that.
Say You’re an agent, you’ve got a couple mid-level guys, you’re shopping them around the league. Most teams have a pretty clear avenue to the decision makers. You know who to call, they answer and talk to you because it’s their job.
With the Bengals, I doubt things are all that clear.
The one quote that jumped out at me was about the Bengals having 4 people doing what other teams employ 25 to 40 people to do. That just sounded like someone who either isn’t getting his phone calls returned or doesn’t even know who to call. The latter wouldn’t be surprising. With no GM, and a very unclear delineation of responsibilities, I imagine it is difficult to figure out who to call.