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COB    281
17 minutes ago, Kazkal said:

Abit sad to see Hunt go I know he wasn't great but still loved his potential.

Best Estonian shot putter we ever had play defensive line in Cincy.  Nice guy, hope he can stick with the Colts.

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GapControl    31
6 hours ago, ShulaSteakhouse said:

I don't know how Barwin fits-in here exactly, but with the emphasis on the short passing game so big now, I don't know that the Bengals' run a true 4-3 much anymore, and likely need more speed and athleticism upfront in general.  

i'd also be on-board with Robinson, immediate upgrade there to ReyM or V-Ray, and could play in the middle.

They need to sign guys like that or the defense is going to slide backwards very quickly as it did last year.

If you mean 3 lbs playing traditional LB roles in a 4-3, they only do it on short yardage or when they are almost sure it's going to be a run.  It's not their base defense anymore.

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Kazkal    38
9 minutes ago, GapControl said:

If you mean 3 lbs playing traditional LB roles in a 4-3, they only do it on short yardage or when they are almost sure it's going to be a run.  It's not their base defense anymore.

Isn't Nickel pretty much their base defense now

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HoosierCat    362
7 hours ago, Kazkal said:

Isn't Nickel pretty much their base defense now

Yeah it was like 75% of defensive snaps last season.

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COB    281

Can't accuse Mike of rushing to make a splash in free agency.  It's like he rides a glacier down to PBS for these negotiations.

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COB    281

On Bengals.com, Hobson posted something 19 hours ago.  It's a grotesque amalgamation of the typical excuses and justifications the team feeds him as he tries to keep a dissatisfied and frustrated fan base informed.  Remember how Geoff said the Bengals were now out of the free agent market because they only had like 3 million bucks left under the salary cap?

19 hours ago he posted the following:  "The Bengals want to make sure they get a third-round compensatory pick for Kevin Zeitler’s deal in Cleveland and a compensatory fifth for Andrew Whitworth’s deal in Los Angeles. Now with Peko, Burkhead, and Karlos Dansby already signing or about to sign deals worthy of picks, the Bengals have some room to maneuver on the unrestricted market."

So if he is to be believed, and I for one do believe him, the Bengals let the prime days of UFA shopping and signing pass by while they make sure enough of their own free agents sign elsewhere to assure them of those precious, precious, compensatory picks.  

The timeline looks something like this:  Free agency starts. In a day or two, Zeitler and Whit sign deals elsewhere.  And why shouldn't it go quickly, they're in demand.  As are a bunch of other players who sign deals in those first couple days.

Mike's up in Indian Hill doing the finger tip tap thing, going, "excellent", while Smithers releases the hounds.

Those compensatory picks weight heavily on his liver-spotted head.  They run through his mind like the lollipops and covered wagons he remembers from childhood.  

He waits.  Two or three more days pass.  Uso, Rex, and Dansby sign elsewhere.  Those comp picks are cemented in place now!

Finally, the Bengals are ready to strike!  But the 3 free agents that come to visit are, 1.  On crutches, 2. Wearing a home confinement bracelet on an ankle, or 3. Coming to the meeting straight from totaling an all you can eat buffet at Sizzler.

No one, and I mean no one, plays the free agency period like our First Contract Shaman.  We'll have one of the youngest teams in the NFL for as long as the league is operating under this CBA.   

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HoosierCat    362

I saw yesterday that he was soliciting questions for another Hobson's Choice mailbag, so expect even more excuses soon!

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kingwilly    121
5 minutes ago, HoosierCat said:

 

Minter is a good football player. He's an upgrade over Dansby. 

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TJJackson    112

Got to have this guy

He's not by any means great, but given that all he has to do is beat out Jeffro......he's enough

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18914024/baltimore-ravens-release-center

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TJJackson    112

well, so much for that thought...the Ravens gave him away for a song http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18914024/baltimore-ravens-trade-jeremy-zuttah-san-francisco-49ers

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ArmyBengal    232

They traded him away because he sucked.
He wasn't a cap casualty.  Just like Bodine, just because you start doesn't mean you're good.

No way they start someone over Bodine.  NO.  WAY.
That's not me giving him a ringing endorsement either.

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kingwilly    121

Why haven't they had Zach Brown (Bills LB) in for a look? He's a really good player and could be had for just a shade more than FNR. Fucking cut Pac man already and get the defense some reinforcements. 

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1 minute ago, kingwilly said:

Why haven't they had Zach Brown (Bills LB) in for a look? He's a really good player and could be had for just a shade more than FNR. Fucking cut Pac man already and get the defense some reinforcements. 

Marvin loves Adam. He will be back I'm sure.

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kingwilly    121
21 minutes ago, GapControl said:

Zach B. Wants to be paid.  But will the Bengals do it.... same goes for Minter.

It's amazing. Quality has a cost. Damnedest thing. 

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HoosierCat    362

You bet quality has a cost. OEM Lumina parts are ex pen sive baby!

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ArmyBengal    232

Stop it guys. 
They have to figure out how they are going to pay all 11 draft picks that will certainly make the 53.
Get with the program already, Jesus....

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COB    281
On 3/16/2017 at 11:53 AM, HoosierCat said:

That was pretty good stuff.  Lots of insight into what's happening with these mid-level vets.  

The NFL kind of mirrors our society as a whole. The middle class is shrinking and the wealthy are getting even more wealthy, as difficult as that may be in the NFL.  

Since this thread is titled free agency -  I wanted the front office to sign NFL starters to step in and play on the o-line and at linebacker.  They did both.  Not necessarily the players I'd have picked, but they did sign guys who are legitimate NFL starters.  Not top tier, first day of free agency, but they got a couple players.  

 

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