July 23, 2014

Good News, Bad News

Nate Clements isn't Johnathan Joseph, but he's not a bad alternative

First, the good news. The Bengals have started to recover from the gut-punch in free agency that was Johnathan Joseph’s exit. Yesterday, the team reportedly agreed to terms with cornerback Nate Clements, who was recently waived by the San Francisco 49ers. He was one of the best available options to replace Joseph, so you have [...]

Coming Off the Ledge Over J-Joe

Can the Bengals live without number 22?  I say "yes"

I realize that most of us wanted J-Joe back, but in reality, is this really the devastating hit to the defense everyone is making it out to be?  I’m not so sure.  As much as I would have loved to see him back, it’s likely more important to the team that Leon Hall be secured [...]

Good Takes: Thornton, Walker on J-Joe

Johnathan Joseph is gone. John Thornton thinks his replacement isn't here yet,

Former Bengal John Thornton offers an interesting take on Johnathan Joseph’s departure to Houston. He thinks the team messed up and will now respond by signing another free agent defensive back. James Walker believes Joseph was at times the team’s best defender. I hold Leon Hall in higher regard. Regardless, the Bengals have a hole [...]

What Now? Joseph to Texans

Adam Schefter is saying Johnathan Joseph is heading to the Houston Texans

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter,  Johnathan Joseph is headed to the Houston Texans, leaving the Bengals with a vacancy in the defensive backfield opposite Leon Hall. The team might have his replacement on hand with Adam Jones (who reportedly passed his physical), Morgan Trent, and Brandon Ghee already under contract. Former Ohio State Buckeye cornerback [...]

Free Agency Whispers

St. Louis Rams v Oakland Raiders

Compiled here, from various internet reports, are the veteran free agents the Bengals have been in contact with so far: RB Cedric Benson (Bengals) RB Brandon Jackson (Packers) DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) QB Bruce Gradkowski (Raiders) QB Jim Sorgi (Giants) LB Brandon Johnson (Bengals) CB Johnathan Joseph (Bengals) OG Robert Gallery (Raiders) DT Jonathan Fanene (Bengals) [...]

Bengals Briefing

John Clayton thinks Andy Dalton will be getting a mentor soon.

James Walker takes a quick look at the Bengals heading into the opening of training camp on Thursday. Decisions on free agents Cedric Benson and Johnathan Joseph are at the top of the list. ESPN’s John Clayton also reported that he expects the Bengals to sign either Jim Sorgi or Bruce Gradkowski. Of the two, [...]

Free Agency No-Brainer: Re-Sign J-Joe

Re-signing Johnathan Joseph should be a slam dunk.

James Walker of ESPN.com posted the salary cap situations of every AFC North team. The Bengals are a reported $35.9 million under the cap and will have to spend a good portion of that if the salary floor rises as expected. So what is the team to do? Well, if it were me, I’d start [...]

Trying it on: Palmer for DRC, straight-up. Thoughts?

NFC Wild Card Game: Atlanta Falcons v Arizona Cardinals

Part of the fun of blogging about the Bengals is that it allows you to throw your wild ideas out for public consumption. Every fan fantasizes about being the GM; sitting in the big chair making the draft picks, the trades, and the free agency moves while occasionally sending the office clerk Mike Brown out [...]

PFF: AFC North Free Agency Preview

Johnathan Joseph is gone. John Thornton thinks his replacement isn't here yet,

ProFootballFocus takes a look at the AFC North’s approach to free agency, which could be starting on Monday. Both analysts believe the Bengals would be best served by re-signing Johnathan Joseph, but I have a feeling he will command more money than the Bengals are willing to pay (stop me if you’ve heard that before). [...]

PFT: Bengals To-Do List

Marvin Lewis and company have some decisions to make once real football resumes.

ProFootballTalk.com published a Bengals checklist highlighting some of the personnel moves that Cincinnati will need to make once the lockout is lifted. At the top of the list, is Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco. However, further down I think they missed the mark on some of the team’s other needs. I believe re-signing Johnathan Joseph [...]