The Bengals have plenty of key players due to become free agents. One of them almost definitely will be getting his freedom.
Via Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, there is “virtually no chance” receiver Mohamed Sanu will re-sign in Cincinnati. Marvez reports that the Browns, Falcons, and Giants “are among the teams expected to express interest” in Sanu, which is a roundabout way of saying that those three teams already have reached out to Sanu’s agent three-plus weeks before the two-day legal tampering window opens. Which is the kind of thing that’s rampantly occurring this time of year.
Sanu had only 33 reception for 394 yards and no touchdowns in 2015, down sharply from 56 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. (Sanu also had 71 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 2015.) He’s looking for a larger role, something that will be difficult to get with receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert on the roster.
“I think about that all the time,” Sanu told Marvez on SiriusXM NFL Radio regarding Sanu’s opportunities. “When you’ve got so much talent on one team, it’s hard to get the ball. It definitely crossed my mind going elsewhere. We’ve just got to see how everything unfolds.”
Receiver Marvin Jones also is due to hit free agency, and he has said he won’t give the Bengals a hometown discount. So Jones could be gone, too. And former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson could be luring one or both of them to Cleveland.