Cincinnati Bengals’ Offseason Blueprint

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


Photo Courtesy of Pat Pryor

Written By: Jake Leicht


Shockingly, the Cincinnati Bengals were the worst team in the AFC North last season. The Bengals struggled in all facets of the game, including the coaching department. Offensively, A.J. Green’s injury set the Bengals back in a big way. Joe Mixon stepped up and appears to be the team’s best offensive weapon heading into the 2019 offseason. Andy Dalton looked like a guy that should not be a starting quarterback, so the Bengals could look to move on from him. In terms of their defense, they look slow. The Bengals have a lack of playmakers at every level of their defense. The fact that they finally fired Marvin Lewis and hired Zac Taylor points to the fact that the Bengals are going to be looking to boost their offensive depth chart during the offseason.


Available Salary Cap Space- $50.4 Million


Free Agents

UFA

Tyler Eifert- Tight End

Michael Johnson- Defensive End

Preston Brown- Linebacker

Vincent Rey- Outside Linebacker

Cedric Ogbuehi- Offensive Tackle

Darqueze Dennard- Cornerback

Bobby Hart- Offensive Tackle

Andre Smith- Offensive Tackle

Kasim Edebali- Outside Linebacker

Tom Savage- Quarterback

Tyler Kroft- Tight End

C.J. Uzomah- Tight End


RFA

Jake Fisher- Offensive Tackle

Matt Lengel- Tight End

Trey Hopkins- Offensive Guard


ERFA

Adolphus Washington- Defensive Tackle

Josh Tupou- Defensive Tackle

Tony McRae- Cornerback

Alex Redmond- Offensive Guard

Brandon Wilson- Running Back


Potential Cap Casualties (Bold = Dead Money, Italics = Cap Gain)

Andy Dalton- Quarterback ($0) ($16.2 mill)

Dre Kirkpatrick- Cornerback ($4.2 mill) ($6.75 mill)

Vontaze Burfict- Linebacker ($1.8 mill) ($5.59 mill)

Gio Bernard- Running Back ($750,000) ($3.75 mill)


*All figures for cap purposes are taken as pre-June 1st, unless otherwise stated. All cap figures courtesy of Overthecap.com, unless otherwise stated*


Team Needs

  • 5-7 Needs

  • Quarterback

  • Offensive Tackle

  • Linebacker

  • Tight End

  • Offensive Guard

  • Defensive Linemen


Draft pick Allotment

1st Round #11 (11)

2nd Round #10 (42)

3rd Round #9 (73)

4th Round #8 (104)

5th Round #11 (139)

6th Round #10 (170)

6th Round #26 (186)

6th Round (Compensatory- Player Name)

6th Round (Compensatory- Player Name)

6th Round (Compensatory- Player Name)

7th Round #9 (201)


*Compensatory Pick Projection courtesy of Nick Korte of Overthecap.com


Mock Offseason

Head Coach

Zac Taylor


Players Re-signed

Preston Brown- Linebacker

Vincent Rey- Outside Linebacker

Cedric Ogbuehi- Offensive Tackle

Darqueze Dennard- Cornerback

Bobby Hart- Offensive Tackle

Tom Savage- Quarterback

Tyler Kroft- Tight End


Cap Casualties

Dre Kirkpatrick- Cornerback ($4.2 mill) ($6.75 mill)

Vontaze Burfict- Linebacker ($1.8 mill) ($5.59 mill)

Gio Bernard- Running Back ($750,000) ($3.75 mill)


Trade

Bengals get: 4th Round Pick

Redskins get: Andy Dalton

Bengals get: 1st Round Pick

Colts Get: A.J. Green, 2 6th Round Picks

Bengals get: 1st Round Pick (7th Overall)

Jacksonville gets: 1st Round Pick (11th Overall), 4th Rounder, 2020 3rd Rounder


Free Agent Targets

C.J. Mosley- Linebacker (Ravens)

It is no secret that the Bengals desperately need help at linebacker. Mosley is the perfect fit for them, and the Ravens would get weaker in the process.


Kareem Jackson- Cornerback (Texans)

Jackson is an interesting free agent because he is so up-and-down in his play. The Bengals need secondary help, and they have money to spend.


LaMarcus Joyner- Safety (Rams)

If the Bengals had another safety that was a ballhawk, their defense would be much better. Zac Taylor just came from the Rams, so maybe he could entice LaMarcus Joyner to follow him to Cincinnati.


Mock Draft

1st Round (7th): Kyler Murray, Quarterback (Oklahoma)

1th Round (26th): Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle (Florida)

2nd Round: A.J. Brown, Wide Receiver (Mississippi)

3rd Round: Kendall Sheffield, Cornerback (Ohio State)

4th Round: Gary Johnson, Linebacker (Texas)

5th Round: Jalen Jelks, Edge Rusher (Oregon)

6th Round (Compensatory) Kendall Joseph, Linebacker (Clemson)

6th Round (Compensatory) Blace Brown, Cornerback (Troy)

6th Round (Compensatory) Will Harris, Safety (Boston College)

7th Round: Bryce Love, Running Back (Stanford)


Keep a lookout for more offseason blueprints as we get closer to the start of the new league year!