September 2, 2014

Free Agent Targets: Wide Receiver

Could Meachem be a Bengal in 2012?

We’re about a month away from the beginning of free agency (March 13th), where the Bengals will likely sign a few players to fill in some holes before the draft. One of the team’s targets should certainly be wide receiver. With Jerome Simpson’s status uncertain due to legal troubles, the team needs a player to start opposite A.J. Green. In my mind, it makes more sense to find that player in free agency rather than the draft.

An older receiver is a more proven commodity and should be able to make an immediate contribution in 2012. Here are a few players that would be logical targets for the Bengals next month.

1) Robert Meachem – Meachem’s talents have been somewhat minimized by a Saints offense that spreads the ball around and doesn’t focus on any particular receiver. However, he’s a young player with good deep speed and he’s accustomed to being a No. 2 receiver, so there shouldn’t be any ego conflicts with A.J. Green. There’s also a great chance he will be available since the Saints also have to re-sign Marques Colston as well.

2) Pierre Garcon – The Colts may attempt to re-sign Garcon, but if he’s available, the Bengals should definitely consider him. He has good ability after the catch – which is important in a West Coast offense – and enough experience to be a valuable contributor. He’s also got some pretty good size and is used to being a No. 2 as well.

3) Harry Douglas – While not being perhaps a sexy acquisition, Douglas did catch 39 passes as a third or fourth option in Atlanta. He has decent size (6-feet, 183) and would likely be effective enough as a bigger part of the Bengals offense.

4)  Mario Manningham – Like Douglas, Manningham was the third option in his offense and didn’t produce a whole lot of receptions last season (39). However, he’s also only 25 years old and has produced some big games when others have been out with an injury. I like the idea of another explosive receiver opposite Green, because whoever it is will see a lot of one-on-one matchups with Green and Jermaine Gresham also on the field.

Any of the players above seem more appealing to me than a draft pick at the receiver position. Most of the guys above will be entering the prime of their career and should have plenty of knowledge and experience to adjust to a new offense. The Bengals’ free agency targets are hard to predict, but the receivers above would be pretty good fits in the offense. Don’t be surprised if one of the is in a Bengals uniform in 2012.

 

Comments

  1. Bill says:

    Agree 100% that the Bengals need to address the #2 WR spot with a free agent. They don’t have a guy ready to step up to that spot, and they can’t wait a year for a draft pick to develop. Plus, they need to use their high draft picks elsewhere.

    Whoever they bring in, he must be willing to block. No divas. Any of these guys (or my personal preference, Reggie Wayne) would be outstanding, but I am prepping myself for a less splashy name, which could still be OK if he is a Kevin Walter type.

  2. Nate says:

    Although there’s no denying Wayne’s talent, I think the Bengals should go younger. They’re set up to be good for a number of years so they might as well get someone in his prime.

    • Bill says:

      I normally would agree with you about the age thing. But Reggie is the exception for me. I’ve watched the Colts pretty closely for several years, and he still has gas left in the tank. I wouldn’t see keeping him more than two years though, allowing the Bengals to draft his replacement in 2013.

  3. Nate says:

    I think the price for Manningham just went up.

  4. Juniversal says:

    I would love Robert Meachem on the team. I think he’d be a great #2 and compliment to AJ. He’s never had a completion percentage lower then 60%. Every year besides his rookie year he’s been around 65% and he rarely drops balls. Not to mention he can stretch the field and has the ability to get yards after the catch.

    I like Jerome but he only caught 47% of passes thrown his way and had 8 drops. I see a guy like Meachem being the perfect solution at #2 to draw coverage away from AJ and an additional a weapon in the pass game.

    Mike Brown was willing to spend money on the likes of laverneous coles and Antonio Bryant so I hope he’d be willing to make sure he gets a respectable guy like Meachem (or the other names on the list) who would likely be less expensive.

    • Bill says:

      As much as Mike Brown’s wallet dislikes spending money… if he is going to spend it, wide receiver is the most likely position that he will spend it on. He does like receivers.

  5. Nate says:

    I’m with Junie on this one. Meachem is the best of the bunch: big, fast, and fairly young. I’m not sure how other teams will view him, but he should be one of the Bengals top targets.