July 25, 2017

Free Agency 2012: Bengals Targets

Time to turn the page Bengals fans.

Cincinnati’s next football game is several months away, so we might as well look at the roster tweaking that will take place with free agency. Here’s a quick look at some potential targets for the Bengals at various positions.

RB:  Michael Bush – The former Louisville Cardinal is in a rather crowded Raiders backfield with Darren McFadden and rookie Taiwan Jones, making him somewhat expendable. Bush is a bruiser at 6-1, 245 pounds, but carries an injury history that could be problematic. I actually think he might be a nice fit for the Bengals, with Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard as complements. It’s going to be interesting to see how Cincinnati handles the running back situation because Leonard and Scott are solid backups and Cedric Peerman is great on special teams. It’s hard to imagine Cincinnati making a move in free agency and adding a player in the draft without letting someone go. If that’s the case, I’d prefer a draft pick.

WR:  Pierre Garcon – The Bengals could actually make a run at Garcon given the crowd the Colts have at wide receiver. Reggie Wayne is a free agent and Austin Collie has proven to be a solid complement when healthy. If Garcon is left unprotected by the Colts, he might be a perfect fit for the Bengals. He’s a speedy receiver and comfortable as the second option, so he shouldn’t be bothered by being in A.J. Green’s shadow. Garcon also played college ball at Mount Union, so he might be willing to head back to Ohio. Former Ohio State Buckeye Anthony Gonzalez is also a free agent and the Bengals seem to look fondly on OSU players. If he’s healthy, he could be an interesting choice as well.

DT: The Bengals best move here might be re-signing their own players. Frostee Rucker, Pat Sims, and Jonathan Fanene are all free agents. I’d put Sims, Fanene, and Rucker in that order as far as importance. It also would be beneficial to get some fresh blood here via the draft.

CB/S:  The Bengals will have some decisions here as Adam Jones and Reggie Nelson are free agents. It would be nice to see Robert Sands and Taylor Mays, two athletically gifted players, elevate their games to starting levels next season, but I think the Bengals have to draft help here as well. There simply aren’t a lot of high-end players that will be available in free agency.

We’ll take deeper looks at specific players and positions as the offseason progresses, but this will give you something else to think about other than that miserable performance in Houston that we will try not to mention anymore.


  1. I agree on both Bush and Garcon. I think Bush can be at least as effective as Benson, and he’s a better receiver. I saw Garcon on the free agent list and thought he’d be a great-and more consistent-player opposite AJ. I’d like to see Simpson come back, but not as a starter. I see him more in the “Chris Henry Role”–stretching the field on nine routes to open things up for the other guys.