2020 Cincinnati Bengals Offseason Plan
QB, EDGE, CB, WR, LB, DL, G, OT, S
Available Draft Picks:
1(1), 2 (33), 3(65), 4(104), 5(147), 6(180), 7(215)
Starting Cap Space:
OT Cordy Glenn to Tampa Bay for pick 5.161
I personally believe that Cordy Glenn still has the potential to be an average starting tackle in the NFL. Unfortunately, Glenn has voiced his displeasure with the Bengals organization. Luckily for Cincy, Glenn plays a premium position that teams will still be interested in adding to their roster. Glenn leaving the roster clears up $9,500,00 for the Bengals to try and make some moves in free agency.
CB Dre Kirkpatrick from $11,093,750 to $6,866,250
I was considering cutting Kirkpatrick here but I think that at the very least he’s worth keeping around to help any potential rookies acclimate to the NFL. Kirkpatrick spent a good deal of this season sitting out with a knee injury but could be in for a bounce back season if he can manage to stay healthy for all 16 games.
QB Andy Dalton to save $17,700,000
As much as I’d like to have Dalton as a trade instead of a cut, I think his high cap hit along with his obvious replacement coming up could make it difficult for the Bengals to find a trade partner. Dalton definitely has the IQ and accuracy to make plays as long as the offense doesn’t rely on him too heavily, his time in Cincinnati has just come to an end though. Cutting Dalton would also be the Bengals allowing Dalton to walk free and make his own decision for where he continues his NFL career.
WR AJ Green for 3 years, $54,000,000 ($36M GTD)
CB Darqueze Dennard for 4 years, $36,000,000 ($24M GTD)
DT Andrew Billings for 2 years, $10,000,000 ($7.5M GTD)
AJ Green is one of the easiest decisions that the Bengals have to make this offseason. Green is a monster when healthy and I’m willing to bet that one of the main reasons he didn’t play this season was that he was healthy but the team didn’t want to risk him blowing their draft position. A.J. Green wants to be a Bengal, which we can’t say for a lot of other people so that means bring him back at his fair value.
Darqueze Dennard and Andrew Billings are two players who are still fairly young and have the potential to continue being consistent contributors to this Bengals defense. Dennard missed half the season in 2019 but when he was on the field, he had one of the best passer rating allowed amongst eligible cornerbacks in the NFL, according to PlayerProfiler.com. Andrew Billings is an underappreciated player along a defensive line that already has some top talent on it. Billings’ presence as a space eater is crucial to make it easier for Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins to get after the quarterback.
Free Agent Signings:
OT Jack Conklin for 5 years, $76,000,000 ($61M GTD)
TE Eric Ebron for 2 years, $15,200,000 ($7.6M GTD)
LB Danny Trevathan for 1 year, $5,500,000 ($5.5M GTD)
I don’t think it takes a genius to know that Bobby Hart has no business being a starting tackle in the NFL. Signing Jack Conklin means that the Bengals starting tackles would now be 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams and Conklin. Conklin is a significantly better run-blocker than he is a pass-blocker, but he’s still better than what the Bengals are currently fielding. Conklin’s salary and guarantees are a bit higher than he’ll probably get, but that’s mainly due to the extra money that Cincinnati would have to pay to interest free agents.
Eric Ebron has had an up and down career so far, but he offers a ton of upside as a receiving threat in and out of the red zone. While he still struggles with drops at this point in his career, he’s made strides since his Lions days and he’s someone that should find himself open for a team that has an offense that looks much improved.
Defensively, Danny Trevathan is on the tail end of his career but adding him in to, at the very least, help these younger linebackers get up to speed isn’t a bad idea. As the best-case scenario, Trevathan starts as the strongside linebacker for the year while coaching up the younger backers.
In what’s the easiest decision the Bengals have to make all offseason, they take Joe Burrow first overall. The Bengals aren’t stacked with talent along the offense but by adding Burrow, they now have a signal-caller that has more arm talent and mobility than Andy Dalton who is seemingly unwavering in the face of pressure. Burrow also has exactly what Cincinnati needs in terms of charisma and confidence as the face of the franchise. Despite his recent comments about wanting to play for a team that wants to win Super Bowls coupled with the Herbert rumors, I still think Burrow is the pick.
Pick 2.33 – Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
Assuming Gross-Matos doesn’t face any legal consequences for the alleged hazing at Penn State, this is his wheelhouse in the draft. Yetur Gross-Matos is a pure pass-rusher that would benefit greatly from playing opposite Carlos Dunlap and on the same line as Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings. Capable of playing either standing up or with his hand in the dirt, YGM looks like a good fit for Lou Anarumo’s defense.
Pick 3.65 – Ben Bredeson, IOL, Michigan
A powerful blocker on the interior, Bredeson brings a high football IQ and heavy hands to the Bengals offensive line. Whether or not he starts right away (he should), would depend on how quickly he could pick up the terminology of the offense. With the tackle spots now secured, cleaning up the interior is the next priority for this offense.
Pick 4.104 – Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross III are all gifted receivers but two-thirds of those players are oft-injured. Grabbing another receiver here who, at the very least, could give A.J. Green some breathers to keep him healthy should be something this team looks to do here. Following a strong Senior Bowl week while working with the Bengals coaching staff, a healthy Collin Johnson looks like he could contribute somewhat early if he can grasp the scheme.
Pick 5.147 – Jalen Elliott, S, Notre Dame
Jalen Elliott impressed me mightily down in Mobile for the Senior Bowl and while he wasn’t working with the Bengals staff, he surely opened some eyes. Elliott is a safety who is capable of bringing the boom and playing in multiple different coverages. Surely a defensive backs guy like Lou Anarumo would appreciate having that type of versatility on his defense. Elliott probably won’t begin the season as the starter but he’s got the potential to take over the starting role during the season.
Pick 5.161 – Francis Bernard, LB, Utah
Another Senior Bowl player, Francis Bernard has an incredibly high football IQ and seems to be a leader both on and off the field. Bernard might be able to step in immediately as the MIKE linebacker for Cincinnati but even if he doesn’t it won’t be long before he takes verbal control of that second level of defense.
Pick 6.180 – Kindle Vildor, CB, Georgia Southern
The final Senior Bowl player on this list, Kindle Vildor seemed to be a personal favorite of Bengals Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo, who was going out of his way to coach up Vildor. Vildor is a playmaker that’s capable of playing both man and zone defense, he could stand to develop his technique but from an IQ, mindset, and versatility standpoint, Vildor looks like he could be a late-round steal.
Pick 7.215 – Bravvion Roy, DL, Baylor
A space-eater in every sense of the word, big Bravvion Roy can maintain his position at the point of attack and help clear up space for those around him. Roy likely won’t ever be more than a 0- or 1-technique player, but there are plenty of players who make long careers out of doing just that. He may not be Damon “Snacks” Harrison, but he’s got a similar mindset when it comes to playing the game.
Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:
Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:
Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:
Total Cap Remaining:
QB: Joe Burrow
RB: Joe Mixon
WR1: AJ Green
WR2: Tyler Boyd
Slot WR: John Ross
TE1: Eric Ebron
TE2: C.J. Uzomah
LT: Jonah Williams
LG: Ben Bredeson
C: Trey Hopkins
RG: John Miller
RT: Jack Conklin
RDE: Sam Hubbard
DT: Geno Atkins
NT: Andrew Billings
LDE: Carlos Dunlap
WLB: Germaine Pratt
MLB: Francis Bernard
SLB: Danny Trevathan
CB1: William Jackson III
CB2: Dre Kirkpatrick
Slot CB: Darqueze Dennard
FS: Jessie Bates
SS: Shawn Williams
K: Randy Bullock
P: Kevin Huber
KOS: Randy Bullock
LS: Clark Harris
KR: Alex Erickson
PR: Alex Erickson