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Bengals lead NFL in cap space, but they haven’t spent a nickel

Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn, A.J. Green AP

The Bengals entered free agency with the league’s most salary cap space, but they haven’t acquired a single unrestricted free agent since the signing period began last Tuesday.

On Friday, the Bengals announced that they hosted cornerbacks Jason Allen and Tracy Porter, and defensive end Jamaal Anderson at team headquarters.

So far, we’ve counted those three players, defensive linemen Kendall Langford and Andre Fluellen, guard Jacob Bell, and cornerback Aaron Ross as free agents who’ve visited the Bengals. Next Monday, they will host running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Michael Bush. Former Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman was also rumored to be visiting the Bengals, and tight end Kellen Davis had a Bengals visit scheduled before re-signing with Chicago.

That’s 11 guys. Zero signings.

Meanwhile, the Bengals have lost offensive linemen Mike McGlynn (Colts) and Nate Livings (Cowboys), while defensive linemen Frostee Rucker (Browns) and Jonathan Fanene (Patriots) have also moved on.

The Bengals are apparently trying to give off the impression that they’re being aggressive in free agency. But they’re not acquiring anyone, and they’re not even trying to keep their own.

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118 Responses to “Bengals lead NFL in cap space, but they haven’t spent a nickel”
  1. hdahs143 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:33 PM

    And this is surprising how?

  2. eddiemeredith says: Mar 16, 2012 6:34 PM

    Its not surprising in the least… its the only money that organization can keep given their abysmal attendance and lower viewership

  3. youalldrinkhaterade says: Mar 16, 2012 6:35 PM

    And I thought it was tough being an Eagles fan…

  4. whodeyinpa says: Mar 16, 2012 6:35 PM

    This why we just can’t wait until he dies…..curse you MB!!!

  5. 1andonlykingp says: Mar 16, 2012 6:36 PM

    Last time I checked, Mike Brown is still the owner. So this is no surprise to me

  6. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 16, 2012 6:36 PM

    The mighty Bengal rules the forest floor, but cannot escape the mocking calls of the birds from above……”Cheep…cheep…cheeeep!”.

  7. eastsideballa says: Mar 16, 2012 6:36 PM

    Brown is the worst owner in the NFL, there are college football teams with much better facilities than the Bengals have. Roger Goodell should call in NATO to bring down Brown. Hahaaha

  8. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 16, 2012 6:37 PM

    “Bengals lead the NFL in cap space but haven’t spent a manhole cover.”.

  9. thebigzero says: Mar 16, 2012 6:37 PM

    There is a floor this year though, right? I mean… they do have to spend some money eventually?

  10. theseekeroffun says: Mar 16, 2012 6:38 PM

    Wow, and we all thought the extra cap money the NFL plundered from Dallas and Washington would make a difference? Of course this gives them more room to sign T. Newman.

  11. vols84 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:38 PM

    Straight up oddest ownership in the league.

  12. evomike06 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:38 PM

    They should get fined for it too if they dont use a certain amount.

  13. Vegas Guy says: Mar 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    Well I was going to say: “This is news???” but hdahs143 (what did you do just randomly hit keys on the keyboard) basically said the same thing.

  14. fatoldsun1 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    You are counting the two players scheduled for monday as people that they haven’t signed yet?

    I agree they have moved slow, but nice over exaggeration.

  15. chadinkc30 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    This is why Palmer would of rathered retire than play for the Bengals! Not surprising news at all

  16. conormacleod says: Mar 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    How far below the salary minimum are they?

  17. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    as a bills fan i used to be able to relate..now we spend cash!!! and what happens we sold a ton of season tickets in the past 24 hours alone!

  18. starfan79 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    Haha

  19. jakek2 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    The anti-Dream Team.

  20. halo81 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    “gives them more money to sign T. Newman”

    ——————————————————

    As if Terrence is worth signing in the first place? He’s terrible.

  21. trbowman says: Mar 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    Good ole’ Mike Brown at it again.

  22. jmann3157 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    they have good team and good d. rising stars and marvin lewis… but I’m a rams fan.

  23. smartanis says: Mar 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    No, they’re going to address their concerns on the DL and WR. They’re just saving up money for when Johnny Jolly and Sam Hurd become available.

  24. huskersrock1 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    Making that money before the floor comes in.

  25. starfan79 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    Next year they are going to have to overpay a ton of players just to get to the league minimum that starts next year.

  26. nineroutsider says: Mar 16, 2012 6:42 PM

    If he spends it, they will come. Bengals fans have had enough of Mike Brown…who can blame them though?

    Good on them for not letting him off the hook for one decent season. I wish Browns fans would do the same in Cleveland instead of apologizing for the FO all the time.

  27. pftsc says: Mar 16, 2012 6:42 PM

    in the future, the cba section that forces teams to spend up to the soft cap will become known as the “Mike Brown Clause”

  28. frostbelt says: Mar 16, 2012 6:42 PM

    Have you been to Cinci?

    I walked down 5 blocks and met 10 bums

  29. nineroutsider says: Mar 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    thebigzero says: Mar 16, 2012 6:37 PM

    There is a floor this year though, right? I mean… they do have to spend some money eventually?
    ——————————————
    Next year the floor kicks in I believe, so you know Brown wants to hoard his sweet precious cash…

  30. realistjoe says: Mar 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    Mike Brown is getting that last year of lining his pockets in before the salary floor goes into effect next year.

  31. acerockefellar says: Mar 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    And people say the bengals dont have great fans because the home games get blacked out every once in awhile.

    Maybe its because were done supporting this franchise, that doesnt support its fans.

    Clearly mike browns plan hasnt worked the past 20 years, maybe its time to hire a GM and do something new?

    The fan base is already pissed, but if we lose reggie nelson we will be livid.

    We had such a good year last year with the rookies, you would think he would want to build on that, yet hes letting all the FAs walk, and not signing a soul except a few scrub backups from last year.

    GET IT TOGETHER MIKE BROWN

  32. adlent says: Mar 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    The league should force the Bengals to spend based on “competitive balance.”

  33. theseekeroffun says: Mar 16, 2012 6:44 PM

    Based upon the pic, he is eating well.

  34. acerockefellar says: Mar 16, 2012 6:45 PM

    PLUS we used the franchise on a KICKER who is from cincy, and has been a bengals fan his whole life. Do you really think he was gonna leave anyways? NO

    SHould have used it on reggie nelson, but mike brown is straight cheap.

  35. kernelreefer says: Mar 16, 2012 6:45 PM

    It’s the NFL.

    If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.

  36. emmac13 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:46 PM

    Isn’t it Marvins contract year? Maybe they are giving him an excuse to suck.

  37. st1llerz1 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:46 PM

    Just ROFLMFAO!!!

    Thank God for the Rooneys!

    GO STEELERS!

  38. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Mar 16, 2012 6:47 PM

    Mike Brown’s gonna be cheap as long as he can, of course he has no choice but to spend next year.

  39. dannyalanbishop says: Mar 16, 2012 6:47 PM

    During training camp players have to provide their own towels & gatorade, Mr. Brown also doesnt pay for transportation during sch. visits

  40. acerockefellar says: Mar 16, 2012 6:47 PM

    At least tomorrow is St. Patricks day so me and the rest of the Bengals fanbase can drink away our sorrows.

  41. drewzducks says: Mar 16, 2012 6:48 PM

    They’re saving their money for Carson Palmer ?

  42. stanklepoot says: Mar 16, 2012 6:48 PM

    Just wait until next year. there’s going to be a loud creaking sound when the spending floor kicks in and the league forces the Bengals to spend some money.

  43. profootballwalk says: Mar 16, 2012 6:51 PM

    They’re playing hard to get with free agents. That makes them want you more.

  44. dolphins4 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:51 PM

    Who is the doll baby in that picture sitting next to Mike Brown?

  45. unintentionalboners says: Mar 16, 2012 6:53 PM

    frostee rucker left for starter money/more playing time so that one i cant blame on mikey.
    losing fananae hurts but the pats get what the pats want.
    whats really gonna hurt the d line is when they lose pat sims.

    not franchising reggie nelson was stupid considering how weak the secondary was to begin with, but not nearly as stupid as losing jonathan joseph last year.

    losing livings and the other offensive linemen doesnt really hurt, they were gonna get upgraded anyways. pathetic that they couldnt even get someone like ben grubbs to come in for a visit.

    it would have been nice to get one of the top corners that hit the market but finnegan wanted to reunite with fisher and the cowboys can far better wine and dine brandon carr than mikey ever could.

    they desperately need to resign some of the ufa linebackers (brandon johnson, manny lawson) and let keith rivers and possibly maualualugaga hit the road

    and even more importantly they need to lock up some of their young players that are outperforming their current contracts before they become even more expensive (dunlop, atkins, michael johnson)

  46. snikerbotloot says: Mar 16, 2012 6:53 PM

    Nepotism

  47. eswanny11 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:54 PM

    Goddell should divide up all of that cap to teams that want it then.

    -D.Snyder

  48. firemarshal1 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:55 PM

    Paul “cheap ba$tard” Brown. To all Bengal Fan acronym for PCBB. Oh there is, Paul Cheap Ba$tard Brown. I’m selling bumper stickers PCBB

  49. clarkster49 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:56 PM

    every season ticket holder should cancel there tickets, and stop supporting them. then maybe just maybe he would step down or run this team right.

  50. scottdragosnai says: Mar 16, 2012 6:57 PM

    This is surprising but not so much, they are on the cusp of being back to the Boomer days but then again they are still the bun gals and are cheap. City of Cincy deserves a loser wallet.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  51. clarkster49 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:57 PM

    im fed up 4 real

  52. mcarey032 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:58 PM

    So taking money away from teams and giving to teams
    Who notoriously don’t spend is “competitive balance” and would give a competitive edge to the redskins and cowboys? Whatever Roger Palpatine. You know that you all hijacked the skins and
    Cowboys money like John gotti took cargo outta Kennedy airport. Mike brown had better spend that money or I will be super ticked about the fact that they whacked the skins 18 mill from the salary cap.

  53. mcarey032 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:00 PM

    Also wonder if this salary cap savings is so he can save 15% or more on car insurance.

  54. LJA says: Mar 16, 2012 7:02 PM

    eddiemeredith says:
    Mar 16, 2012 6:34 PM
    Its not surprising in the least… its the only money that organization can keep given their abysmal attendance and lower viewership

    Low attendance is caused by decades of ownership/front-office futility. They created the problem and prove once again they don’t care to solve it. Pretty sure ticket revenue is shared anyway, so they don’t give a sh!t.

  55. r502 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:06 PM

    For all the Bengal fans thinking they fleeced Oakland for picks, that remains to be seen. You just KNOW they will botch the draft picks they have.

  56. beltlessbuckler says: Mar 16, 2012 7:10 PM

    Who Dey anyway! We signed Jim McNally, and Hue Jackson, a great team starts with great coaches.
    *Bengals fans are always looking for a bright spot, and that’s how I’m viewing this crap.

  57. firemarshal1 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:12 PM

    It looks like he’s waiting for the bus over by Walnut Street. So that he can save money on gasoline. I wouldn’t be surprised. Correction: Mike Cheap Ba$tard Brown. Sorry, Mr. Paul Brown I wish your son wasn’t so dam cheap. He’s cheated everybody. The City of Cincinnati Taxpayers (in regards to stadium funding/financing) and the great fans. YES, the fans would show up if there was a committment from Mike Cheap Ba$tard Brown. “Show the fans the money.” NOT YOUR IN BANK ACCOUNT. I feel sorry for his daughter. She seems like a nice person. I have father just like him. You can’t take it with you Mike.

  58. upperdecker19 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:14 PM

    Saving coin for the inevitable bidding war for Donovan McNabb.

  59. rollteal says: Mar 16, 2012 7:16 PM

    He has got to be one of the weirdest and cheapest grandparents during Christmas and Birthdays.

  60. joetoronto says: Mar 16, 2012 7:17 PM

    People make fun of Dan Snyder, Jerry Jones and the late Al Davis but at least these men try or tried to win.

    You definitely can’t say that about the Bungals.

  61. baconholybacon says: Mar 16, 2012 7:19 PM

    And Cleveland thinks they’re the “factory of sadness”? Please, bitch. Skinflint Mike Brown and that hideous man-daughter of his are so tight they squeak when they walk.

  62. russrpm says: Mar 16, 2012 7:22 PM

    Since this is clearly affecting the competitive balance of the league, I assume we will be hearing about penalties from Goodell any time now.

  63. firemarshal1 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:23 PM

    Who wants a bumper sticker? MCBB must go!

  64. upyoursnfu says: Mar 16, 2012 7:24 PM

    Cheap owner = 0 rings.

  65. geobh says: Mar 16, 2012 7:24 PM

    the only way you will get the cheeeppp assss brown family to pull any cash out of their ass is for obama to send in seal team 6 baby.
    i mailed j jones a thank you card for signing the lineman, brown would’nt cough up the .45@

  66. hailskins4life says: Mar 16, 2012 7:28 PM

    They will eventually sign some players just to fill out the roster. PFT may need to expand the free agent list to a top 300 to find them.

  67. eddddddd says: Mar 16, 2012 7:28 PM

    Same ol Bungles. lol

  68. firemarshal1 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:28 PM

    Here’s your tip son, Wow, five dollars! That’s from the both of us. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday! Don’t spend it all in one place. If you want, hold it for you.

  69. dubblelznhell says: Mar 16, 2012 7:30 PM

    Mike Brown is notorious for making bone-headed decisions. Why is this a surprise? “We aren’t trading Carson Palmer” —-“We’ve decided to trade Carson Palmer”. The guy is trying to prove that he can build a winner by being a loser who doesn’t wanna spend…and most of the players he does spend money on end up becoming busts/afterthoughts and criminals. I don’t think any player wants to play for this owner. Green and Dalton are really the only bright spots. Even Benson is getting complacent and is starting to fizzle. I feel for whoever roots for this team…..

  70. nflfollower says: Mar 16, 2012 7:32 PM

    Why should they? Championships are built thru the draft, and they are set up well after that epic fleecing of the raiders for what’s his name.

  71. lionsfaninthe505 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:35 PM

    There haven’t been any good to decent players involved in any off the field/criminal issues lately, meaning the Bengals best feeder of cheap talent is non-existent. It’s too bad the Bears acquired future Bengal Brandon Marshall! Give it a season, and a few more off-field incidents, and B-Marshall will be wearing tiger stripes!

  72. fearthebengaltiger says: Mar 16, 2012 7:38 PM

    facepalm and then a sigh

  73. TheWizard says: Mar 16, 2012 7:40 PM

    2 more byes for the Steelers and Ravens.

    Again.

  74. londonbengal says: Mar 16, 2012 7:40 PM

    All you Bengal haters, go ahead and do your worst; I hate Mike Brown as much as anyone; he’s an embarrassment to lifelong Bengal fans like me.

    Don’t y’all forget, we’re picking #21 in the draft for a reason….. there were 20 other teams worst than us last year……

    Go suck on that…..

  75. mullman7675 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:44 PM

    Sucks for Bengals fan. The franchise will probably end up blowing all those picks they got in the Palmer deal just to be consistent.

  76. whodatchemist says: Mar 16, 2012 7:44 PM

    The Bengals need that money to re-sign their core players. They will have to eventually re-up Dalton, AJ Green, Geno Atkins,Carlos Dunlap, Andre Smith, Michael Johnson and Jermaine Gresham. These guys are the future of the team and three of them will command top dollar at their respective positions.

  77. yajas says: Mar 16, 2012 7:47 PM

    nineroutsider says: “… I wish Browns fans would do the same in Cleveland instead of apologizing for the FO all the time.”

    The difference between the Bengals & Browns is that the Bengals suck because they’re cheap. The Browns suck because they rebuild every year with a different front office, or different coach, or different quarterback – and often it’s all 3 at once. The current front office hasn’t been around long enough to turn around years of bumbling so I don’t blame them – yet.

    The Bengals overall have been more successful than the Browns lately because the Bengals have been consistent. Cheap, but consistent.

  78. erfoster says: Mar 16, 2012 7:55 PM

    just wait until they throw all that cash at mike wallace and the steelers can’t match it. then they look genius.

  79. l6ozbud says: Mar 16, 2012 7:59 PM

    There are a lot of folks on here that have no clue what they’re talking about. Mike Brown is cheap, fact. Nobody in Cincinnati likes him either, fact. Everything else is garbage. Cincinnati is a great football town and TV ratings for games is through the roof, but people are tired of lining MB’s pockets with cash. PBS is a state of the art stadium (that tax payers paid for) and overall facilities are top of the line. We’re missing an indoor practice facility, that’s it. Non Bengals fans should show pity on Bengals fans.

  80. voyager6 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    Remember, the Brown family had to lay out $200 million to buy the 30 percent share of the team that was up for sale (from Arthur Knowleton estate). I am sure he is trying to recoup some of that at the expense of the team as this may be the last year he can scalp the cap for extra bucks.

    However, lack of common sense this is, because if you though PBS was empty last year…. wait til this year.

    I have a new adage. Any time the bengals franchise the kicker, expect a top three pick in the draft the following year.

  81. whodeydaytonchapter says: Mar 16, 2012 8:04 PM

    Mike Brown is not a smart man.

  82. cincyorangenblack says: Mar 16, 2012 8:08 PM

    Goddell should divide up all of that cap to teams that want it then.

    -D.Snyder

    firemarshal1
    Mar 16, 2012, 5:55 PM CDT
    Paul “cheap ba$tard” Brown. To all Bengal Fan acronym for PCBB. Oh there is, Paul Cheap Ba$tard Brown. I’m selling bumper stickers PCBB
    ——————-
    You must have confused the successful legendary, innovator Paul Brown with his son, the miserable,penny pinching, insulting, cheap ass Mike Brown.
    Good attempt at being humorous though

  83. rickybobbie says: Mar 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    Be patient!! The Bengals will address their needs through a combination of the draft and FA. FA is not over. You will see them sign some key positional players from other teams and resign some of their own FAs. It is not a given that spending big money in FA guarantees a play-off team. Look at the Eagles last year, 8-8, sitting at home during the playoffs while spending a ton on FAs.

  84. breakmyrustycage213 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    If they were a threat to spend this money John Mara and his butt boy Goodell would have given them the smack down, too.

  85. lamass44 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    Yes it’s the Redskins and Cowboys that are disrupting the NFL’s competitive balance. Wait how do I use the sarcasm font?

  86. cannonballdookie says: Mar 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    This year’s version of the Tampa Bay Bucs. Too content with their young core to add talent to their team, then once they have to play a real schedule they will crumble under the pressure.

    I like the team they have right now, but they are foolish if they think they’ll be back in the playoffs without improving their roster.

  87. parkermission says: Mar 16, 2012 8:14 PM

    I agree that mike brown is cheap, but tell me who the ravens, an organization I respect, have signed? Whether it was their own back ups(nakamura, zbikowski, ellerbe, etc.) Or good starting impact players, ie. Grubbs. If the bengals are so inept, what are the ravens, steelers, packers, and texans?—- teams that haven’t spent a ton of money so far this offseason.

  88. elmoron says: Mar 16, 2012 8:20 PM

    frostbelt says: Mar 16, 2012 6:42 PM

    Have you been to Cinci?
    I walked down 5 blocks and met 10 bums
    ======================================
    …all of whom comprise the Bengal Front Office.

  89. marinecqb7777 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    SO QUICK to act with emotions MY UNEDUCATED BENGALS FANS… The only loss I didn’t like was Fannene.. but he was overpaid for as was Livings!!… YOU CAN MANAGE with emotions OR OVERPAY for talent.. see DALLAS AND WAS..

    What Happens next- DUNLAP< GRIESHEM, ADKINS, GREEN, DALTON – ALL EXTENDED CONTRACTS. Mark my Words! I JUST HOPE WE HAVE ENOUGH CASH FOR ALL!

    Our lines are still Solid on D with Pecko, Adkins, Geathers, Dunlap, Johnson, Sims,

    We will draft Cordy Glenn- Coach Alex loves GA and the SEC linemen.. big and Fast…

  90. thetooloftools says: Mar 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    You Bengals fans complain? You made the playoffs last year. You want to see misery? Road trip here to Cleveland and I’ll show you pathetic.

  91. jmsincla says: Mar 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    Scrooge McDuck better not mess this up.

  92. theroc5156 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:43 PM

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise. That being said, losing Fanene hurts a bit but when I found out the Cowboys signed Nate Livings, it cheered me up. He is terrible.

    Of course, there is no reason why they couldn’t have signed Tracy Porter and Langford. It’s not like these guys were that great anyway. They need to get help on the offensive line and secondary ASAP and so far they have flat out failed.

    Looking forward to the 2nd and 3rd tier free-agents that do sign because all the money has dried up elsewhere.

  93. gobills716 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:49 PM

    Not a Bengals fan whatsoever but they did just fine with the roster they had last year in a very competitive division. Great defense and the makings of a good offense with Dalton and Green. They have the #17 and #21 pick in the upcoming draft, I don’t think they need to throw around money in free agency.

  94. stew48 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:50 PM

    Re: pic of MB & Katie

    Katie: C’mon Dad, we can use my car. I’ll take you home.

    MB: Absolutely not, Katie. The bus will be here in 10 or 15 minutes. See, I have an umbrella in case it rains. Gas is expensive, dear.

  95. whodey28 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:34 PM

    I agree with marinecpb777….Bengals have a great young nucleus of players that will command a lot of money very soon.

  96. cmarsh64 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:35 PM

    When they have to spend 90% of the cap next year they will have no choice…there are penalties for not meeting the league limit,just not sure what they are right now.

  97. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 16, 2012 9:45 PM

    Could the Bengals pull an Andy Reid and swoop in for Manning? Sure Dalton did well last year, but give him a few years behind a legend and the sky is the limit.

  98. realistjoe says: Mar 16, 2012 9:46 PM

    Bob Trumpy said it best a few years ago on local radio when talking about how Mike Brown being in over his head… “Just because my father was a great surgeon and I watched him do surgeries for a few years, would you suddenly trust me to jump in and perform open heart surgery on you without any actual experience or understanding?”

  99. realistjoe says: Mar 16, 2012 9:48 PM

    @parkermission Those teams lack the cap space to spend, which the Bengals clearly have excess cap space. Your argument doesn’t hold any merit here.

  100. meytonpanning says: Mar 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    Did Mort Goldberg buy the Bengals?

  101. patsfiend says: Mar 16, 2012 10:11 PM

    That photo is straight out of Caddyshack. “I’d like a bloody mary, a steak sandwich, and another steak sandwich, please. Put it on the Rooney’s room.”

  102. kokomike says: Mar 16, 2012 10:11 PM

    Might as well give some of that cap space to the Redskins. Even though people like to criticize & penalize the Redskins, at least players know they will spend the money. You can take that to the bank.

  103. djigel says: Mar 16, 2012 10:14 PM

    While I am somewhat worried that we are spending no money, you have to look at the transactions.

    We let two rotational D-Linemen go elsewhere, where one got a starting job. Note the term rotational. We still have two solid DTs and two solid DEs. (M. Johnson, Atkins, Peko, and Dunlap). Not a bad, young starting 4.

    We let two bum guards go in McGlynn and Livings, where we will likely go in the draft with Glenn or DeCastro (should he be there). Both guards were not good. Boling should step in for Livings and do fine…. I still wonder why we let Mathis go.

    I would like to see us get Reggie Nelson back, but if someone gives him $6 mil per year, oh well. He had a decent year. He is not a perennial pro bowler. If we can get him back great, if not move on.

    We did not overpay for anyone (because we haven’t paid yet) – aka Antonio Bryant. But we are looking at Bush (who I would love to sign) and a few decent CBs (Terrence Newman excluded). Along with D- Linemen, and a Guard or two for depth…. what is wrong?

    Free agency isn’t just one week. Most key, non-flashy signings will happen in the next three weeks.

    How many times do you hear about the Steelers, Patriots, or Ravens (who have lost a bunch of good players as well) freak out about not getting a high priced FA? Yup. None. We also have a lot of our good young players coming up for extensions in the next year…. where cap room would come in handy.

    Can’t believe I just defended Mike Brown…. hell must have frozen over…. but there you go.

  104. croghan1919 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:34 PM

    A good silicon lubricant can do wonders on squeeking noises, like the type Mr. Brown makes when he walks.

  105. firemarshal1 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:39 PM

    Stew48- awesome!

    Katie tells MCBB (Mike Cheap Ba$tard Brown), hey dad shouldn’t we paid someone? Maybe, you can pretend NOT TO BE A CHEAP A$$. Again Dad? Do I have pay for the bus faire for the both of us. MCBB states, hey it’s only 3 PM, we can catch the early bird dinner special at the Big Boy diner. Dad, shouldn’t we have real scouting staff? Should we get an indoor practice facility? MCBB, that cost money, maybe we can get the players and the taxpayers to paid for it? They don’t call me Cheapo by accident.

  106. drbandkgb says: Mar 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    Why is this a big deal???
    Heck I think the Broncos are #2 but I dont see but one big name on their board. Maybe just maybe they are trying to be smart with the money. I know the Brown family has been cheap in the past. but come on.. they have a young group that is coming in at a price.. Heck they have spent on players in the past (T.O.) and no one said many they are being cheap on that F.A. pick up. They have a good amount of draft pick this year so lets see what they do there before we judge and call them cheap.

    Do the Pats make big spending spree’s? NO!

    PS how did that work out for the Eagles last year? aka Dream team

  107. ralphwilsonisrich says: Mar 16, 2012 10:44 PM

    Get with the program and do what a 93 year old owner did. You can’t take it with ya.

  108. stanklepoot says: Mar 16, 2012 10:51 PM

    mcarey032 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:58 PM

    So taking money away from teams and giving to teams
    Who notoriously don’t spend is “competitive balance” and would give a competitive edge to the redskins and cowboys? Whatever Roger Palpatine. You know that you all hijacked the skins and
    Cowboys money like John gotti took cargo outta Kennedy airport. Mike brown had better spend that money or I will be super ticked about the fact that they whacked the skins 18 mill from the salary cap.
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    If you want to blame Goodell, fine, but blame him for something that was his decision. The league office did not file the complaint against the Cowboys and the Redskins. It was 28 of the other owners who demanded they be punished. Seeing as how it’s the owners who vote to determine whether or not Goodell has a job, when 28 of them demand that two teams be punished, they’re sure as heck going to be punished. If not, they cut him loose and find someone who will do as they say. That’s why I believe that the Commissioner should be both chosen and paid jointly by the owners and the players. If you want the Commissioner to be a true protector of the league, he has to have the freedom to do what’s in the best interest of the league as a whole. The way things are set up, however, the Commissioner is beholden to the owners and acts in their best interests.

  109. parkermission says: Mar 16, 2012 10:52 PM

    I understand they have the money, but the younger players they have under contract this year will need to be extended next year and beyond. They can fill in some of their voided w middle of the road players and drafting well. Not that mb will do either of those… I’m just saying, sometimes when you have the money, doesn’t mean you have to spend it. Especially when this yr there isn’t a salary cap floor.

  110. slippyal2 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:58 PM

    The most disgraceful owner in pro sports. I can’t see how that man can walk around town with his head held high. Next year the NFL forces clubs to spend money, at least Bengals fans have solace in that.

  111. stanklepoot says: Mar 16, 2012 11:05 PM

    whodatchemist says: Mar 16, 2012 7:44 PM

    The Bengals need that money to re-sign their core players. They will have to eventually re-up Dalton, AJ Green, Geno Atkins,Carlos Dunlap, Andre Smith, Michael Johnson and Jermaine Gresham. These guys are the future of the team and three of them will command top dollar at their respective positions.
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    Dalton and Green are just coming off their rookie seasons. They’re not getting a raise for a while now. Andre Smith? I wouldn’t be giving him a big contract again until he proves he can stay in shape and not break his foot because he’s too heavy. Gresham is decent, and has potential to be better, but he’s nowhere near the likes of Graham or Gronk. Oh, and keep an eye on Dalton. I saw something that worried me. He started off really strong for a rookie, and then fell off noticeably later in the season. It kind of reminded me of another QB who used to play in Ohio…a guy named Derek Anderson. Once teams start to get some tape on you the real game begins. You’re no longer an unknown quantity then, and they can actually game plan for you. I’m not saying Dalton will end up like Anderson. I’m just saying the possibility is there. This year will be the real indicator of Dalton’s potential.

  112. stanklepoot says: Mar 16, 2012 11:38 PM

    rickybobbie says: Mar 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    Be patient!! The Bengals will address their needs through a combination of the draft and FA. FA is not over. You will see them sign some key positional players from other teams and resign some of their own FAs. It is not a given that spending big money in FA guarantees a play-off team. Look at the Eagles last year, 8-8, sitting at home during the playoffs while spending a ton on FAs.
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    1. The Eagles had all that money to spend last year because of years of excellent cap management, not because they were cheap. The one year they did go crazy in FA, it was the best collection of FAs I’ve ever seen. They may not have had their acts together at the beginning of the season, but judging by how the season ended, those acquisitions were a nice investment.

    2. The Eagles have been contenders almost every year since Reid took over, so it’s not like we have the mediocre record in recent years that the Bengals have had.

    3. We had a new DE, new DT, 2 new CBs, and a first time defensive coordinator. As much as people were talking up the idea of a dream team, it’s not surprising that it took a little while for everything to gel.

    4. Last year was not a one year all or nothing gamble. Again, their cap management has seen to it that they were able to hold on to the FAs they signed…at least the ones that matter.

    5. Be careful when comparing team records last year. Yes, the Bengals finished the season 9-7, while the Eagles finished 8-8…but there’s more to it than that. The Bengals finished 2-4 within their division (both wins against the Browns) while the Eagles finished 5-1 (swept the cowboys and redskins, and split with the giants). In the last 8 games of the season, the Bengals went 3-5 (those 3 wins coming against the browns, rams, and cardinals) while the Eagles went 5-3 (including a 4 game win streak to end the season…all of them decisive wins or outright blowouts). I’m well aware that a season is 16 games, but I point out the way their seasons ended because it’s a better determinant of how good the teams became over the season. God knows the Eagles kept shooting themselves in the foot in the first half of the season, but they were able to get their acts together. The Bengals started out strong, but started to fall apart as the season went on. Furthermore, the Eagles have managed to hold on to their good players while the Browns have been watching their decent FAs leave. I have to say, between the two teams, I prefer the Eagles chances this year.

  113. stanklepoot says: Mar 16, 2012 11:44 PM

    marinecqb7777 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    SO QUICK to act with emotions MY UNEDUCATED BENGALS FANS… The only loss I didn’t like was Fannene.. but he was overpaid for as was Livings!!… YOU CAN MANAGE with emotions OR OVERPAY for talent.. see DALLAS AND WAS..

    What Happens next- DUNLAP< GRIESHEM, ADKINS, GREEN, DALTON – ALL EXTENDED CONTRACTS. Mark my Words! I JUST HOPE WE HAVE ENOUGH CASH FOR ALL!

    Our lines are still Solid on D with Pecko, Adkins, Geathers, Dunlap, Johnson, Sims,

    We will draft Cordy Glenn- Coach Alex loves GA and the SEC linemen.. big and Fast…
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    Ok, I have to throw the challenge flag here. You call others uneducated, and then say "mark my words" that the Bengals are going to run out and extend the contracts of two people who just finished their rookie years? Can we get an official review here?

  114. stanklepoot says: Mar 16, 2012 11:52 PM

    gobills716 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:49 PM

    Not a Bengals fan whatsoever but they did just fine with the roster they had last year in a very competitive division. Great defense and the makings of a good offense with Dalton and Green. They have the #17 and #21 pick in the upcoming draft, I don’t think they need to throw around money in free agency.
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    to repeat what I said before in shorter form:
    Bengals were 2-4 in that competitive division, with both of those wins coming against the not-so-competitive Browns. In the second half of the season they went 3-5, with those wins coming against the Browns, Rams, and Cardinals. Dalton started off well for a rookie QB, but fell off noticeably in the second half of the year. Hopefully it’s just normal rookie issues, and not a repeat of Derek Anderson where a QB fails to adapt once teams have some tape on him and can actually game plan against him. They’ve lost some players. Some matter, others don’t. So, all things being considered, they really need to nail those draft picks or they’re likely to have some real problems this season.

  115. beelicker says: Mar 17, 2012 12:20 AM

    lamass44 says: Yes it’s the Redskins and Cowboys that are disrupting the NFL’s competitive balance.

    & last offseason EVERYBODY (except, well, me … who was predicting a “shock the world” season) was saying that My Preciousssss Harlequin Warriors would be lucky to even win 2 games and were the de facto default winners of “Suck for Luck” going in.

    So if anyone should be accused of upsetting the “competitive balance” it should be the rest of the league for ‘allowing’ the Bengals to somehow make it into the playoffs?

    Anyone other franchise coming off a playoff appearance & with coaching continuity on both sides of the ball & a good young core & extra high picks going forward & enough cap space to burn for a couple of seasons would be looked upon as pure geniuses.

    & @firemarshal1 – we already have an acronym for our illustrious owner/GM (who happens to be a Harvard Lawyer & former Dartmouth QB): MFB

  116. osage44 says: Mar 17, 2012 2:41 AM

    It could be worse. At least the Bengals didn’t sign Ron Bartell or resign Nate Livings.

  117. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:24 AM

    Why is this guy allowed to own a team? He’s obviously not trying to win, not trying to be competitive….not even trying to be competent. If owners have to approve new owners, they should also be able to throw out or moderate existing ones.

    I totally see why Jerry Jones didn’t want to support teams like this with revenue sharing. I think it was probably Mike Brown whom he singled out back in 2006 saying he could make the team more than $10-$15m in the next ten minutes if he was running the show (naming rights to the stadium).

    I do feel bad for fans of that team. It really is disgraceful.

  118. djigel says: Mar 17, 2012 1:05 PM

    Stanklepoot –

    In response to a lot of your posts…. the Eagles can do their own thing. FA isn’t by nature bad, but not all teams are built through it. There will be a lot of extensions coming hopefully next year (not Dalton and Green) but Gresham, Dunlap, Johnson, Andre Smith, and Atkins. Good core of young players.

    Andre Smith is a solid, top-10 Right Tackle. He had a great year last year and if he can produce again he will get some money. He is not a perennial pro bowler, but will be solid enough to extend.

    As far as the divisional record of 2-4, we beat teams that we should beat. Philly did finish strong, but lost to Arizona and Buffalo (2 teams we beat) and lost to teams like Seattle (losing record). So, at 8-8 and 9-7 respectively, you really can’t say either had a better year by much, but you are what your record says you are. Both teams could have been 11-5 if they had some breaks and played better for one quarter per game. Overall, the point is moot.

    Dalton fell off…. don’t all rookies for the most part? Also considering he lost AJ green for a couple games as well as Shipley for the year? Plus, Benson provided NO help whatsoever with the run, and the interior line was horrible. The kid had a decent year. He isn’t the second coming of Elway, but he can be solid…. let’s see what he does this year. That said, Vick isn’t exactly dominant like he used to be… he can be…. but has proven himself injury prone and somewhat inconsistent.

    Lastly, The Bengals aren’t loosing key pieces. Rucker and Fanene were part of a rotation. Livings was a starter, but not a good one. All three can be replaced. McGlynn was a bum. Nelson is the only FA we haven’t resigned that concerns me a great deal. Sims would be nice, but with no word of him visiting anyone, no one is freaking out.

    Overall, my point is there is no reason for anyone to freak out. The comparison to the Eagles is pointless due t a difference in team philosophy with the way the approach FA. Which, any Eagles fan should be able to admit, they did not meet expectations last year. Thats not to say they won’t be good this year… but last year is an example of how a good FA season does not guarantee a title. Isn’t every team 0-0 for 2012?

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