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Question for the Die Hard Fans?

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A few of us Bengals fans were sitting around at work pondering things today and came up with a question. When is the last time the Bengals signed a game changer/super star player that improved the team? Seems like all we sign is one year deal or no name players. NE is always singing high profile players that change the game. Example - They brought back Randy Moss and re-energized his career and he improved the team drastically! There are other teams that are always successful with this as well. We did sign James Harrison a few years ago, but he didn’t do too much for us and went back to the Steelers the next year. Then there was the time we signed washed up TO who was average at best for us.  This year We brought back Smith, and they are saying he’s the answer to our O line. Well that’s if you can keep him off of the injured reserve list and on the field! Any thought?

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Strictly judged by on-field performance Pacman has been a pretty good signing.

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Bengals philosophy well publicised as "pay your own guys" ie, retain the guys you draft rather than sign big name free agents, hence the head scratching with Zeitler.

Would MJ be classed as a big name FA signing when he came back from Tampa? And at the time they were in deep with Nick Fairly which was a surprisingly big name for them to be connected with.

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Yeah, have to go with PacMan and Reggie Nelson, but I think Nelson was a trade.
Still an addition and a very good one.

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So if you could take any player in FA to improve the team, who would it be and nobody better say Tony Romo!

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3 hours ago, HoosierCat said:

Strictly judged by on-field performance Pacman has been a pretty good signing.

Tory James was a decent signing, as was Antwan Odom but that was back before the previous window closed. They paid for Dexter Jackson. They went and got Jeff Burris at a time when no one wanted to come here. Thomas Howard was an impact FA. 

Less signings on offense but they've had a few over history. Garrison Hearst, Cedric Benson most notably. The botched Antonio Bryant deal was hilarious, as was Michael Westbrook. Lavernaeus Coles didn't do much. 

 

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29 minutes ago, combatbengal said:

So if you could take any player in FA to improve the team, who would it be and nobody better say Tony Romo!

I would have liked for them to tag Whit and make a run at Calais Campbell. Would be great to see Campbell, Dunlap and Atkins wreak havok. 

Maybe add a guy like Anquan Boldin, since he's good for 65 catches, and lots of first downs. Michael Floyd is another they could have taken a run at who is productive. Keeping Rex would also have been nice. 

Cut Jones, FNR, MJ, they could have had the $ to be more aggressive to avoid this window closing (which I think is getting close to shut). 

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3 hours ago, HoosierCat said:

Strictly judged by on-field performance Pacman has been a pretty good signing.

Agreed. Off the field not so much.

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Terrance Newman, Pac Man, Reggie Nelson all had their best years as Bengals.  

Cedric Benson still probably owns the Bengals best post season performance under Marvin. 

Deltha, Tory James went to pro bowls too.  

I would have rather had them sign Whit this year 

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Zim had a way with free agents.  Reggie Nelson was a hell of a signing.  We should have kept him and let Willams go 

Zim got that corner that used to play for him in Dallas to come here.  He was good, too.  He got old but ended up in Minnesota  anyway.

Finally, not sure if it was before Zim or not, but I loved Chris Crocker.  Remember when our defenses were perennially soft?  When he got here Crocker was kind of fighting for his life as an NFL player, and he started destroying people.  Admittedly most of his hits would be illegal today, but he was a huge part of erasing that soft label.

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2 hours ago, kingwilly said:

Tory James was a decent signing, as was Antwan Odom but that was back before the previous window closed. They paid for Dexter Jackson. They went and got Jeff Burris at a time when no one wanted to come here. Thomas Howard was an impact FA. 

Less signings on offense but they've had a few over history. Garrison Hearst, Cedric Benson most notably. The botched Antonio Bryant deal was hilarious, as was Michael Westbrook. Lavernaeus Coles didn't do much. 

 

Westbrook lol. That was awesome, like two days and I quit. Good times.

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Reggie Nelson was probably one of the best moves they made, till they let him go. I watched this secondary last season make so many mistakes, there was no communication. Think they missed Reggie, I do believe they did!

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Nelson was missed.    Communication errors were noted early and they dropped a lot of Ints.  

As a whole we'll see what the transition brings before I pass judgement on their approach to roster building.  Was this past period just a string of lucky draft or is it a sound process?    Do they fall back to non-playoff team for a multiple seasons?  Do they rebound and qualify for the playoffs?   Lastly and most important can they advance in the playoffs?

 

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