The Cincinnati Bengals are having a fairly quiet week. Despite a week of twists and turns in the AFC North. With big trades leaving an impact, mere days into the NFL’s free agency frenzy.
The Bengals are mostly doing a good job of keeping players in Cincinnati. While having bringing two free agents to Cincinnati this week. Adding former New York Giants cornerback B.W. Webb on Thursday. He has a connection to new Bengals defensive coordinator and former Giants assistant Lou Anarumo. The Bengals also signed former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman John Miller on Friday.
Tyler Kroft is the only Bengals free agency departure so far. The tight end signed a deal with Buffalo after four years in Cincinnati. His departure came on the same day that tight end C.J. Uzomah re-signed with the Bengals through the 2021 season. The Bengals also re-signed offensive tackle Bobby Hart. Along with linebacker Preston Brown and safety Brandon Wilson.
Uzomah’s re-signing and Kroft’s departure stand out as the most notable stories. Kroft’s departure could send a signal for the Bengals draft plans. The Bengals could rationally opt to draft a new tight end in April. Giving the Bengals a potential back up plan at that position. Given fellow tight end Tyler Eifert’s unfortunately frequent injury concerns.
These developments aren’t as flashy as developments in the rest of the AFC North. The Cleveland Browns made news signing Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. One of the NFL’s most notable wide receivers in recent years. Giving Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield a good receiver to turn to. The Giants traded Beckham in exchange for Cleveland’s Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks.
Elsewhere, it was a busy week for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Antonio Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders for draft picks. Le’Veon Bell was traded to the New York Jets after a contract dispute with Pittsburgh. One that resulted in Bell not playing in any games last season. Plus, tight end Jesse James signed a deal to join the Detroit Lions.
Two notable departures were the major stories in Baltimore this week. The Baltimore Ravens traded veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos. The Ravens also bid adieu to outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals after spending his entire 16-year career in Baltimore. The Ravens also lost John Brown, Eric Weddle and C.J. Mosley. While adding running back Mark Ingraham and safety Eric Thomas.
These moves will make the AFC North an interesting division to watch next season. The Bengals aren’t making any buzz worthy moves at the moment. However, they aren’t shedding many big stars either. A potentially good move, depending on how the Bengals approach the draft.