News

Print
RSS

Free agents can sign Tuesday, but Bengals staying inside

Posted Mar 10, 2014

Tuesday at 4 p.m. is when free agents can sign with other teams and the day begins with the weekend reports that right end Michael Johnson isn't expected to re-sign in Cincinnati.

The team most commonly associated with Johnson in the media is Tampa Bay. But it's not over until it's over. The Bengals covet the man they drafted at the top of the third round in 2009 and they have insisted all along they'd like him back if it fit into their pay structure up front. That's why they gave him the $11 million franchise tag last year. Yet with left end Carlos Dunlap working on a $40 million extension and two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins working on $55 million more, the Bengals are faced with a tightrope as defensive end salaries were reportedly up a couple million over 2013.

Reports also have the Buccaneers interested in left tackle Anthony Collins. But no matter what happens the Bengals aren't expected to pursue free agents from other teams if those spots, which are manned by their only free-agent starters, become open. Or, for the moment, for any backup spots. With at least nine picks expected May 8-10 in what is projected to be a deep draft, there's not much room on a roster that saw more than a dozen free agents re-upped last year.

 

Countdown to The Draft

weeks - - : days - - : hours - - : minutes - - : seconds - -

Recent Articles

  • Bengals re-set for rounds 2 and 3 with pundits' praise of 1

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 7 hours ago

    Even as Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin and his staff held a midnight re-setting of their board for Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL Draft (7 p.m.-NFL Network), praise rolled in for the club’s selection of Houston cornerback Will Jackson III.

  • Where there's a Will, there is the Bengal way

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 8 hours ago

    How can you not like William Jackson III already? After all, his first act as a Bengal was to break the hearts of the Steelers Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Bengals swiped him at No. 24 with the Steelers poised at No. 25 to draft their first first-round cornerback of the 21st century.

  • Jackson Wills his way to Bengals

    By Dan Hoard - Posted 10 hours ago

    Houston cornerback Will Jackson figured he would be drafted in the first round by a team in the AFC North. But he thought it was going to be the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Views: 317
  • Bengals Draft Rd 1: News Conference Transcripts

    Posted 11 hours ago

    Cincinnati Bengals Draft Rd 1: News Conference Transcripts

    Views: 276
  • Bengals go down on the corner again with Jackson

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 13 hours ago

    You know that saying, “You can never have enough corners?” The Bengals may go down as the architect of that age-old bromide after they took a cornerback in the first round Thursday night for the third time in the last five years. And the selection of Houston’s William Jackson III with the 24th pick makes it five corners in the last 11 drafts dating back to South Carolina’s Johnathan Joseph with that 24th pick in 2006.

    Views: 3,537

Recent Videos

Photos