Although the draft is over, the Bengals still have options available to them on the open market. They reportedly still have an open spot available for their offseason roster. We take a look at possible bargain players they could look into signing before camp.
1. King Dunlap, OT/G, Age: 31
Dunlap was recently released by the Chargers in lieu of them signing Russell Okung. He also was recently arrested for a domestic issue, which could cause the Bengals to avoid a potential union. On the field, Dunlap wasn’t an asset for River’s blindside but has shown promise in the past. If signed, the Bengals could use him as a veteran swing tackle on their offensive line.
2. Ryan Clady, LT, Age: 30
Clady would provide the Bengals with some insurance at left tackle, but has struggled with injuries the past two seasons. There were early reports that 4-5 teams were interested in Clady, but his market has since cooled down. Coming off of a torn ACL combined with a non-existent market could dramatically reduce his asking price. With only Trey Hopkins as a reserve for Ogbuehi, the Bengals could roll the dice signing Clady at a bargain price.
3. Nick Mangold, C/G, Age: 33
Although the Bengals drafted J.J. Dielman out of Utah, the team could have Nick Mangold on their radar. Although Mangold is not the center he quite used to be, it can be argued that he would still be an upgrade over current starter Russell Bodine. At 33, Mangold could come cheap and would provide veteran leadership to both Dielman and Bodine at the center position.
4. Gary Barnidge, TE, Age: 31
I don’t believe this to be a likely signing since the Bengals passed on O.J. Howard for depth concerns. Not to mention Barnidge already has visits lined up with the Jaguars, Bills, and Panthers. He would be a solid addition, but I believe the Bengals like the potential they have in C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft at the position.
5. Andrew Tiller, G, Age: 28
Tiller could be another option for the Bengals’ interior on the offensive line. Outside of Andre Smith, Eric Winston and Clint Boling, the Bengals are extremely young at the guard position. Tiller would add more experience to the depth chart and is a solid option at 28 years old.
6. Gerald Hodges, LB, Age: 26
The Bengals drafted two linebackers in the draft and signed Minter during free agency, but could still look add competition at linebacker. At 26, Gerald Hodges could be a solid addition to the roster. Hodges received strong marks from PFF for his run defense and finished last season with 584 total snaps, 83 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. He also has a great combination of coverage and rush skills. He could provide great depth for the Bengals at middle or outside linebacker.
7. Perry Riley, LB, Age: 29
Another option at linebacker could be Perry Riley. Originally drafted by the Redskins, Riley had some of his best seasons under current linebacker coach Jim Haslett. Riley recorded consecutive seasons of 115 or more tackles and 6 sacks under Haslett. He recently has struggled with durability issues but could come on as a solid option for the Bengals.
8. DeAndre Levy, LB, Age: 30
Levy has durability issues as well and even hinted at a disagreement with the Lions’ medical staff. He’s been injured for nearly the past two seasons, but before that was a top linebacker in terms of production. A potential signing of Levy would come down to his medical status.