July 22, 2017

Free Agency: Hot Corners


When free agency opens next month, there will be some big-name cornerbacks hitting the market. Cincinnati could use one, but it is unclear if the team will spend its considerable cap space on the position. For one, the team has already locked up Leon Hall long-term. And Nate Clements should be back for another season. So it would be a bit surprising if the team were to go after someone like Cortland Finnegan or Rashean Mathis. My guess is that the team will re-sign Kelly Jennings and rely on the emergence of Brandon Ghee and a potential draft pick.

If it were me, I would at least explore the market for both Finnegan and Mathis. Finnegan might be fiery and somewhat combustible (see: fistfight with Andre Johnson), but he is also a physical player with plenty of talent. Mathis, meanwhile, is moving toward the later stages of his career, but he also would be good insurance for Hall, who is not guaranteed to be back by the beginning of the season.

Perhaps one of them would even be willing to take a short-term deal (maybe two years) and hope for another shot at free agency in the near future. Neither scenario is likely, but the team should at least take a look.

Here’s a list  of the cornerbacks who could be available in free agency this offseason. 


  1. With all of the cap space that the Bengals have available, adding quality FAs at CB and WR would be two HUGE wins in free agency. It doesn’t have to be the very top free agents, but really good ones. With Hall having a decent possibility of starting the season on PUP, they need someone to play opposite Clements. And when Hall does come back, that will give them three good CBs to put on the field.

    If Ghee is the plan, then they need to just let him play. Trying to get by on Jennings as their #2 CB would be a disappointing approach to 2012 for me.

  2. I think the team has to bring back Jennings and also get someone (perhaps a mid-tier type) in free agency as well. That seems like a lot of spending at one position (especially if they draft a player there too), but remember, they play the NFC East, a pretty pass-happy division (Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Skins) in crossover games next year.