The Bengals have had their most active offseason spells in consecutive years.
Between the last two free agency spending and NFL draft classes, Duke Tobin and Zac Taylor have rebuilt almost their entire squad, especially on the defensive end of the ball. The Bengals’ defense in 2018 was one of the worst in the league, but the only starter in that defense that will start in 2021 is Jessie Bates III.
Former Pro Bowl wide receiver and current Fox Sports analyst Greg Jennings said more free agents are coming to Cincinnati, thanks to Joe Burrow.
“The Cincinnati Bengals with the acquisition of Joe Burrow as their pick last season,” he said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, “they’re going to attract so many guys now because we all see Joe’s potential. Burrow. He doesn’t have Aaron’s level when it comes to his resume, but we’re seeing something there and it’s going to draw you in. When you have a piece in this position that is so important and valuable, it can be the determining factor in whether a free agent is coming or if he turns around and goes the other way.
The Bengals are already seeing this happening, having signed players like Trey Hendrickson, Riley Reiff and Mike Hilton last season.
But according to Jennings, there is more to come.
Eventually, Taylor and Burrow will need to start picking up wins to keep the momentum going. The team’s vision is strong, and that’s what has attracted more veterans in two years than what appears to be the previous 50 years combined for the franchise.
If the Bengals can advance to the playoffs this year, that will only sweeten the pot for the free agents. Having a franchise quarterback like Burrow leading a playoff-linked team is going to be hard to pass up.