The Bengals are generally never active in the opening week of free agency. The fact the team re-signed Brandon LaFell, Eric Winston, and Dre Kirkpatrick is out of their norm. The Bengals usually avoid the first week because they don’t like to overpay for players. The Bengals tend to become active during the second and remaining weeks of free agency when bargain deals start to happen. Expect the team to be more active this week in free agency.
The Bengals have already been linked to the recently Connor Barwin who is scheduled to visit the team on Monday. At 6-4 264, Barwin would look to fit in as a 4-3 right defensive end. At 30, the former Bearcats standout would be a great addition for the Bengals’ pass rush. The former Pro Bowler has show the ability to obtain double digit sacks twice during his career.
The Bengals have also been linked to free agent Andre Smith who could also return after the team lost Andrew Whitworth. Dre Kirkpatrick hinted at a possible Andre Smith return, but Smith is also scheduled to meet with the Bills as well. Smith would provide the Bengals with a familiar anchor for their offensive line and a stalwart in the run game.
Don’t be surprised if and when the Bengals bounce back with solid signings in free agency during the weeks to come. The Bengals will look to target productive veterans who’ve been cut from their respective teams. Andre Smith and Connor Barwin would be solid signings for the Bengals and would help reduce the need for addressing the offensive and defensive line in the first-round. Stay tuned this week for a projected active Bengals’ free agency period.