The Bengals have about $50 million to spend in free agency, if owner Mike Owner Brown sticks to his process under the Marvin Lewis era then the Bengals will focus on retaining in house free agents like Darqueze Dennard and Tyler Eifert. However, the Bengals still could use some help from players in the open market. Landon Collins is a young 25-year-old safety that could potentially help Cincinnati in many ways. Being more of an in-the-box safety, Collins can play some nickel or linebacker, both glaring holes for the Bengals.
The advantage of Collins is he can play two positions like former Bengals safeties Roy Williams and George Iloka. In-the-box safety and hybrid linebacker are two positions that are vital for success in Lou Anarumo’s defense. The disadvantage is Collins lacks speed to cover receivers with speed to take the top of defenses.
The Bengals locked up left tackle with Cordy Glenn, which was a glaring hole since Cincinnati lost Andrew Whitworth to the Los Angeles Rams in free agency last year. To solidify the right tackle position the Bengals could look to free agency again and sign tackle Trent Brown, which would give the Bengals bookends at each tackle position.
Linebacker is a glaring need for the Bengals, and to address the position in free agency two viable options are Baltimore Ravens unrestricted free agent C.J. Mosley who can cover and play in opposing team’s backfields. Another option to pair with aging Vontaze Burfict is Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright. Although Wright is a linebacker starting to get long in the tooth about to turn 30, his experience could help solidify the linebacker unit. Cincinnati could consider drafting promising linebacker Devin White, if available at No. 11 in the 2019 NFL Draft this April.
NFL Free agency starts March 13, 2019. We will see if the Zac Taylor era in Cincinnati begins with spending in free agency to fill positional needs on the Bengals.