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Divisional Rival History:
Baltimore Ravens: Marvin Lewis owns his former team, claiming six of the past nine meetings.
Cleveland Browns: Carson Palmer is 9-3 lifetime against the Browns. No surprise there given the difference in talent at the quarterback position.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The road team has inexplicably claimed eight of the past 11 meetings. Go figure.
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2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Manny Lawson, OLB, 49ers. Age: 27.
Signed with Bengals (1 year, $3 million)
Manny Lawson isn't the greatest pass-rusher in the world, but he does so many other things very well. Moving on to a team with a 4-3 defense might be ideal for the former first-rounder.
Nate Clements, CB, 49ers. Age: 31.
Signed with Bengals
Nate Clements is a cap casualty. He played very well last year, but at 31 years old, he could decline at any moment, which would make him a risky signing.
Thomas Howard, OLB, Raiders. Age: 28.
Signed with Bengals (2 years, $6.5 million)
Thomas Howard was the odd man out in a very talented linebacking corps. Despite rotting on Oakland's bench in 2010, he could start for a new team at weakside linebacker next year.
Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Raiders. Age: 28.
Signed with Bengals (2 years)
The Polish Point-Shaver isn't the most skilled quarterback in the league, but he has a Jeff Garcia-type feistiness and is capable of being a low-end starter in the NFL.
- Max Jean-Gilles, G, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Bengals (1 year, $1.15 million)
- Bo Scaife, TE, Titans. Age: 30. -- Signed with Bengals (1 year, $1 million)
Cincinnati Bengals Free Agents:
Salary Cap: No cap.
Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals. Age: 27.
Signed with Texans (5 years)
An elite NFL cornerback, Johnathan Joseph will be franchised this offseason. Joseph has expressed interest in staying with the team, which is a major plus.
Kyle Cook (RFA), C, Bengals. Age: 28.
Kyle Cook has been a solid, dependable starting center for the Bengals the past two years. He deserves an extension.
Antwan Odom, DE, Bengals. Age: 29.
Antwan Odom is a great pass-rusher, but he can't stay healthy. If a team can bring him in for a cheap contract, that could be a great move.
Evan Mathis, G, Bengals. Age: 29.
Signed with Eagles
Evan Mathis is a talented guard, but can't stay healthy. Cedric Benson really missed him this season.
Roy Williams, SS, Bengals. Age: 31.
Roy Williams is more valuable to the Bengals than he would be to anyone else; he's a good fit in Mike Zimmer's defense.
Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Bengals (1 year)
Two major red flags with Cedric Benson: First, he looked slow and sluggish at times in 2010, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry (though some of that can be attributed to Evan Mathis' absence). And second, he's just been playing for a contract these past two years. Once he gets a big signing bonus, he'll probably revert to Sloth Mode. Benson also doesn't offer much in the passing game. All teams should avoid this guy unless they can get him for a very cheap price.
Dhani Jones, ILB, Bengals. Age: 33.
Dhani Jones had a decent 2009, but regressed last season. The bow tie and Febreze salesman is on his last legs.
Brandon Johnson, OLB, Bengals. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Bengals
A very good reserve linebacker who can play multiple positions (primarily the weak side).
Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals. Age: 37.
Terrell Owens proved that he still has it, catching 72 balls for 983 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010. However, he's such a headache that the Bengals don't even want him anymore. At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone signing Owens.
- Chinedum Ndukwe, S, Bengals. Age: 26.
- Nate Livings (RFA), G, Bengals. Age: 29.
- Brian Leonard, FB, Bengals. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Bengals (2 years)
- Clint Stitser, K, Bengals. Age: 26.
- Dennis Roland, OT, Bengals. Age: 28.
- Reggie Kelly, TE, Bengals. Age: 34. -- Announced retirement
- Jonathan Fanene, DE/DT, Bengals. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Bengals (1 year)
- Morgan Trent, CB, Bengals. Age: 25.
- Quan Cosby (ERFA), WR/PR, Bengals. Age: 28.
- Gibril Wilson, S, Bengals. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Bengals
- Tom Nelson, S, Bengals. Age: 24.
- Kirk Chambers, OT, Bengals. Age: 32.
- Jordan Palmer (RFA), QB, Bengals. Age: 27.
The Vikings, Cowboys and Chargers were the well-publicized huge disappointments in 2010. The Bengals definitely belong in that pantheon. Not only did they miss the postseason after a playoff appearance the year before; their offense struggled despite the heralded quartet of Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Carson Palmer and Cedric Benson. With Owens gone, and both Benson and Ochocinco likely moving on as well, Cincinnati figures to improve by addition by subtraction. The key will be Palmer - can he still play, or were those final two games a fluke?
Bengals announce retirement of TE Reggie Kelly
Bengals re-sign DE Jonathan Fanene
Bengals sign TE Bo Scaife
Bengals re-sign OLB Brandon Johnson
Bengals sign G Max Jean-Gilles
Bengals sign OLB Manny Lawson
Bengals re-sign RB Cedric Benson
Eagles sign G Evan Mathis
Bengals sign CB Nate Clements
Bengals re-sign S Gibril Wilson
Bengals cut K Clint Stitser
Bengals cut DE Antwan Odom
Bengals cut CB Morgan Trent
Bengals re-sign FB Brian Leonard
Texans sign CB Johnathan Joseph
Bengals sign OLB Thomas Howard
Patriots acquire WR Chad Ochocinco from Bengals for 2012, 2013 late-round picks
Bengals sign QB Bruce Gradkowski
Bengals fire OC Bob Bratkowski
- Defensive End: The Bengals had just 26 sacks in 2010. Rookie Carlos Dunlap emerged as a double-digit sack threat in the second half of the year. However, there is nothing across from him unless Antwan Odom can actually stay healthy for a change - which is a long shot. Da'Quan Bowers and Robert Quinn make sense at No. 4 overall.
- Running Back: Considering Cedric Benson's lethargy, re-signing him to a long-term deal would be a mistake. The Bengals need a new running back. Fortunately, there will be plenty of talented backs available in Rounds 2 and 3. Re-signed Cedric Benson
- Wide Receiver: Chad Ochocinco will probably be traded, opening up a spot across from Jerome "Chad" Simpson, who had an unbelievable two-game stretch to close out the season. A.J. Green will be the pick if he's available at No. 4 overall. Drafted A.J. Green
- Inside Linebacker: Dhani Jones, a 33-year-old free agent, struggled in 2010. Cincinnati may opt to move Rey Maualuga to the middle, which would open up a hole at strongside linebacker. Signed Manny Lawson (SLB); drafted Dontay Moch (SLB)
- Quarterback: Carson Palmer struggled all year until Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco were gone. Were those final two weeks a mirage? Or can Palmer still be an effective starter? The Bengals will likely invest a mid-round pick on a potential successor. Drafted Andy Dalton; signed Bruce Gradkowski
- Left Guard: Andre Smith may move to left guard next year, with Anthony Collins settled in at right tackle. Smith is a fat slob, so I have my doubts about this move. Drafted Clint Boling; signed Max Jean-Gilles
- Strong Safety: Roy Williams is a good fit in Mike Zimmer's defense, but is still a liability in coverage. The Bengals could do better with someone like DeAndre McDaniel in the middle rounds.
- Kicker: The Bengals got rid of Shayne Graham because he couldn't hit clutch field goals. Mike Nugent couldn't hit any field goals. Unless they think Clint Stitser is the answer, they'll look for a new kicker this offseason.
- Kick Returner: Bernard Scott is no threat to score on kick returns.
2011 NFL Draft Grades:
The Bengals deserve a ton of credit. Once the Vikings reached for Christian Ponder at No. 12, they could have panicked and mortgaged their entire 2011 NFL Draft to move up for Andy Dalton. Instead, they patiently waited and still were able to land their guy with the third pick in the second round.
Dalton has received mixed reviews from the scouting community, so it remains to be seen how he'll perform. Nevertheless, he and A.J. Green give Cincinnati fans cause for optimism after a bleak few months mired by Carson Palmer's retirement threats.
I really like Cincinnati's draft as a whole. I had an issue with a couple of its late-round picks, but the quality mid-round selections more than made up for it.
Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: A-
2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
4. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
If owner Mike Brown really wants Carson Palmer to set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again, this is the move he had to make. Taking a quarterback would have turned Palmer away for good. And if Palmer would have inexplicably had a change of heart (i.e. suddenly losing the $80 million he has in the bank), Brown would have owed a ton of money to both Palmer and Blaine Gabbert.
Besides, A.J. Green is a terrific prospect. Some say he's right there with Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson. It'll be surprising if Green does not emerge as a perennial Pro Bowler. (Pick Grade: A)
35. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
If Christian Ponder can go No. 12 overall, Andy Dalton is a major steal at No. 35. Dalton was projected to go as high as eighth by some. The Bengals have just obtained some insurance just in case Carson Palmer plans on rolling around in his $80 million like Scrooge McDuck for the rest of his life. (Pick Grade: A)
66. Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
The Bengals are going to use Dontay Moch as a pass-rushing SAM, a la Von Miller in Denver and Kamerion Wimbley in Oakland. It could work out, but Moch is such a project. This is a bit too early for him. (Pick Grade: B)
101. Clint Boling, G, Georgia
The Bengals have free agents at guard and were thinking about moving Andre Smith into one of the two slots, so they needed to address this position. Clint Boling should have gone off the board a round earlier, so this is a steal. (Pick Grade: A)
134. Robert Sands, S, West Virginia
I mocked Robert Sands to the Bengals in the fifth round because I felt like he was a perfect fit for Mike Zimmer's system. Obviously, I feel like Sands fits the range, so this is a decent pick. (Pick Grade: B)
167. Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford
This is a slight reach, and I'm not sure the Bengals needed to acquire two receivers in the 2011 NFL Draft. I would have gone a different direction. (Pick Grade: D)
207. Korey Lindsey, CB, Southern Illinois
An insurance policy just in case Johnathan Joseph isn't re-signed. Korey Lindsey fits the range at the beginning of the seventh round. (Pick Grade: B)
246. Jay Finley, RB, Baylor
A change-of-pace runner. I'm not sure how Jay Finley fits with Bernard Scott on the roster. (Pick Grade: C)
2011 Cincinnati Bengals Analysis: The Bengals have a really good defense and a ridiculously easy schedule, so they could conceivably win five or six games. However, with a rookie quarterback and a new offensive system that the players will have to pick up in a shortened offseason, the offense is bound to struggle all year. Cincinnati will have to eke out 13-10 victories until Dalton is ready to become a starting-caliber NFL quarterback.
Projection: 4-12 (4th in AFC North)
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