Bengals Free Agency 2016

Re-Sign Vincent Rey, LB: 3 years, $11.5 million

Grade: D+

Rey is a decent rotational linebacker for the Bengals who had a down year.

He’s 28, so he probably won’t be getting much better but last year may have been an anomaly. Rey has some solid seasons under his belt and is sticking in the same defense.

Regardless though, paying nearly $4 million a year is a little ridiculous for “just a guy” as he is. So I can’t say I’m a fan of this. No hometown discounts in Cincinnati it seems.

 

 

Re-Sign Adam Jones, CB: 3 years, $20 million

Grade: D

Jones will undoubtedly regress before this contract is up. He’s been up and down his entire career.

I can’t fathom why the Bengals could give him over $6 million per season. The numbers are awful.

I understand keeping a tough, competitive veteran who could show the young guys the ropes, but that sort of role could be filled for 2-3 mil a year. This is pretty egregious.

 

 

Re-Sign Eric Winston, OT: 1 year, $1.09 million

Grade: A

Winston is a rock-solid swing tackle who likely won’t be counted on by the Bengals to provide starter snaps.

In an absolutely absurd market where backups are getting paid near starter money, this is an excellent signing.

 

 

Re-Sign George Iloka, S: 5 years, $30 million

Grade: A

An ascending player, Iloka will likely only get better as the contract goes along.

I’m always a fan of paying your good young players since there’s no questions about scheme or locker room fit.

Besides that, this is right about where the market value should be for an above-average starting safety, and in fact could be considered a minor steal.

Overall, one of the most complete rosters in the NFL stays strong here.

 

 

Re-Sign T.J. Johnson,C: 1 year, $600,000

Grade: A

An ideal candidate as a reserve offensive lineman, Johnson has starter experience at the college level and high football IQ to go with very good size.

He hasn’t  had to start in the NFL yet, but would likely be able to fill in for a game without much issue. This is a very good depth signing for the Bengals.

 

 

Re-Sign Brandon Tate, WR: 1 year, $760,000

Grade: A

Primarily a punt-returner, Tate can also offer solid blocking and decent receiving skills as a reserve, he’s exactly the type of guy to fill out your roster with as a WR5 or 6.

Getting him for the vet. minimum here is a solid job by the Bengals who avoided re-signing their much flashier and higher-priced free agent receivers.

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