Through the first four days of free agncy the Cincinnati Bengals have managed to lose more than they’ve gained. With the loss of defensive end Michael Johnson to Tampa Bay, dropping both Kyle Cook and James Harrison, or reports that the Bengals will not match the offer sheet the Cleveland Browns extended to Andrew Hawkins; slowly the Bengals are letting productive players slip away.
One person that will not be going anywhere, at least for the time being, is head coach Marvin Lewis. Cincinnati has extended Lewis’ contract through 2015, leaving some fans feeling relieved and others with a sour taste in their mouths. This new should not come as a surprise as the Bengals have shown their commitment to coach Lewis over the years, just as they did Friday when they announced the extension.
The Bengals guaranteeing Lewis another year after this coming season had better be validation, that there is a method to all of the offseason madness. Because losing both Coordinators to vacant head coaching positions earlier this off-season, along with losing valuable assets early in free agency does not leave the franchise in a great spot; Especially for a team that wants to build on the success they had in 2013.
Maybe we will see the Bengals’ plan unfold as we get deeper into free agency, and closer to the NFL Draft. There are still many players on the market that could help take Cincinnati to the next level, and ownership has cleared more than enough cap space to fill the holes that have been left by the players mentioned above.