Week In Review: Reports: Making A Splash
It had to be a pretty good haul because even though the Bengals never did get that elusive linebacker in the first 70 hours of free agency, they still emerged from that first wave with smiles. Not to mention four starters, three of them injecting their defense with much needed speed, physicality and sure tackling.
A.J. Green Is It With Tag To Open Activity
As the NFL tried to cope with a pandemic, the Bengals on Monday embarked on business as unusual when they officially made seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green their franchise player by tendering a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $18 million.
Reports: Bengals Enrich Defense With Two Impact Players
The Bengals made their two biggest free agency plays in history Tuesday when published reports said they agreed to terms with one of the best young lineman in the game in Houston nose tackle D.J. Reader and a former first-round cornerback in the Vikings' Trae Waynes while boosting their defense with two impact starters.
Reports: X Marks New Spot On Bengals O-Line
The Bengals tweaked their offensive line when they reportedly signed Cowboys' seven-year veteran Xavier Su'a-Filo to a three-year deal that makes him a leading candidate to be their fifth Opening Day right guard in as many years. The reports of the agreement with Su'a-Filo came within a few hours of the release of John Miller, last year's starter.
Reports: Bengals CB Depth Multiplies With Newman Protege
Reports have the Bengals signing a new slot cornerback in the Vikings' Mackensie Alexander, a Terence Newman protégé, and here's a stat that is one of the reasons why. According to profootballfocus.com, the 5-10, 192-pound Alexander was on the field for 142 runs and didn't have a missed tackle last season, a number that was a plague for the Bengals last season on all three levels of their defense.
Other Noteworthy Items
- The Bengals veterans see unity despite a close vote on the new collective bargaining agreement.
- The 2020 NFL Draft will be scaled back with no public events, which is a return to how the event used to be held.
- The team made additional moves with the release of CB B.W. Webb, OL Cordy Glenn and OL John Miller.
- Official free agency announcements could be delayed because of the coronavirus.