Bengals Free Agency Updated

15 Mar

***UPDATED 3/14/12 ***
If the Bengals have $49M in cap space as reported, let’s figure they have a $7-8M rookie pool, $3-4M injury fund and they’ve spent about $4M on exclusive free agents. That leaves $35M to spend on about 30 players. Let’s divide that up…

Of their own free agents, here’s what I expect:
GONE: Cedric Benson, Andre Caldwell, Jerome Simpson and Bo Scaife
CHANCE OF RETURNING:
Reggie Nelson, Anthony Collins, Bobbie Williams, Pat Sims, Adam Jones OR Kelly Jennings
EXPECTED TO RETURN (Price):
Nate Livings (1yr – $2M), Mike McGlynn (1yr – $1M), Dennis Roland (1yr – $1M), Donald Lee (1yr – $1.5M), Manny Lawson (3yr – $9M), Brandon Johnson (2yr – $3M) TOTAL = $10M in 2012

That leaves $25M total to spend on 22 players. 8 Draft picks and 8 UDFAs. That leaves 6 free agent signings from other teams, unless Robert Geathers, Chris Crocker and Keith Rivers are released.

Here are the FA targets I could see the Bengals pursuing.

RUNNING BACK
1) Michael Bush – 4yr $18M
2) Mike Tolbert – 3yr $10M
3) Benjarvus Green-Ellis – 3yr $9M
4) Brandon Jacobs – 2yr $5M
OTHERS TO CONSIDER AT RB
Kevin Smith, Ryan Grant, Justin Forsett, Joseph Addai, Tashard Choice

Wide Receiver
1) Mario Manningham – 5yr 32$M
2) Eddie Royal – 3yr $10M
3) Early Doucet – 3yr $10M
4) Braylon Edwards – 1yr $3M
5) Jerome Simpson – 1yr $2M
6) Placico Burress – 1yr $3M
7) Legadu Nanee – 2yr $4M
8) Andre Caldwell – 2yr $4M
9) Chaz Schilens – 2yr $4M
10) TE – Joel Dreessen – 2yr $3M

OFFENSIVE LINE
1) Ben Grubbs – 5yr $35M
2) Geoff Schwartz (RFA) – 4yr $16M
3) Vernon Carey – 3yr $12M
4) Jason Brown – 3yr $12M
5) Chilo Racial – 3yr $9M
6) Robert Gallery – 2yr $6M
*7) Anthony Collins – 3yr $9M*
8) Travelle Wharton – 2yr $6M
9) Barry Richardson – 3yr $8M
10) Samson Satele – 3yr $10M
*11) Bobbie Williams – 1yr $3.5M*
12) Chris Kemoeatu – 2yr $6M
13) Jacob Bell – 2yr $5M

CORNER BACKS
1) Tracy Porter – 5yr $30M
2) Terence Newman – 2yr $8M
3) Jason Allen – 3yr $12M
4) Aaron Ross – 3yr $9M
5) William Gay – 3yr $9M
6) Chris Carr – 3yr $9M
7) William Middleton – 3yr $10M
*8) Adam Jones – 2yr $6M*
*9) Kelly Jennings – 2yr $5M*

SAFETY
*1) Reggie Nelson – 4yr $16M*
2) LaRon Landry – 2yr $8M
3) Jim Leonhard – 3yr $10M
4) O.J. Atagwe – 2yr $8M
5) Haruki Nakamura – 3yr $6M
6) Reggie Smith – 3yr $6M
7) Atari Bibby – 2yr $4M

DL & LB
1) Jason Jones – DL – 4yr $20M
2) Brodrick Bunkley – DT – 4yr $20M
3) Kendall Langford – DL – 3yr $12M
4) Pat Sims – DT – 3yr $10M
5) Derek Landri – DT – 3yr $10M
6) Amobi Okoye – DT – 3yr $8M

1) Curtis Lofton – ILB – 4yr $24M
2) Dan Connor – ILB – 3yr $10M
4) Jonathan Goff – ILB – 2yr $6M
5) Barrett Ruud – ILB – 2 yr $6M

So with $25M to spend, pick 5-7 players to spend it on. Hopefully the player wants to come to the Bengals also. There’s always two sides.

4 Different Scenarios

1) Reggie Nelson ($4M), Aaron Ross ($3M), Michael Bush ($4M), Kendall Langford ($3.33M), Robert Gallery ($3M), Early Doucet ($3.33M) Total = $20.66M

2) Eddie Royal ($3.33M), Bobbie Williams ($3.5M), Terence Newman ($4M), Haruki Nakamura ($2M), Derek Landri ($3.33M) Total = $16.1M

3) Laron Landry ($4M), Samson Satele ($3.33M), Braylon Edwards ($3M), Benjarvus Green-Ellis ($3M), Jonathan Goff ($3M), Jason Jones ($5M), Total = $21.33M

4) Ben Grubbs ($7M), Brandon Jacobs ($2.5M), Pacman ($3M), Nakamura ($2M), Pat Sims ($3.33M), Chaz Schilens ($2M) Total = $19.88

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