The Cincinnati Bengals have yet to make a splash in free agency. This has come as a surprise to many fans, who were expecting the Bengals to make some major moves this offseason; Especially after Cincinnati’s first round collapse in the playoffs this past season.
A change at the quarterback position was at the top of most fans’ to-do list. But the Bengals have shown that they are in no rush to replace Andy Dalton. In fact they have reached out to Dalton to discuss extending his contract.
Much of Bengals Nation also believed Cincinnati needed to bring in an experienced wide receiver. A guy that could be a reliable option on third down passing situations. But it seems Marvin Lewis and his reconstructed coaching staff plan to keep the pieces already in place, and maybe bring in some new faces for rotation purposes.
The organization has remained composed under all the pressure and scrutiny of fans and critics. I stated at the beginning of the offseason that Cincinnati wanted to develop consistency within the franchise. It appears they are doing just that. Less than 24 hours ago the team extended tender offers to three restricted free agents: Vincent Rey, Andrew Hawkins, and Dane Sanzenbacher. According to FoxSports.com This is the biggest news from the Bengals so far this offseason. The team even chose not to apply their franchise tag. This is an indication that Cincinnati does not want to make any headlines.
Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff seem confident in what they have to work with. Hue Jackson has not only been a big supporter of Andy Dalton, but the new Offensive Coordinator also thinks highly of running back Giovani Bernard. Bernard is entering his second NFL season after having a big time rookie year. Jackson plans to use Giovani Bernard a lot more in 2014. His workload is expected to exceed 300 touches for the season. Hue Jackson believes in the potential of all his young offensive players and does not want to rock the boat by making any drastic changes to the roster.
Seeing that Cincinnati’s defense was more than exceptional in 2013, there wont be any major additions on that side of the ball either. Paul Guenther feels the defense will be dominant once again, and feels there is no need to change things up. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” The Bengals are sticking with the script, and this could be great for the team or terrible. Only time will tell.