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Bengals DC: Hue Jackson wants all the Bengals free agents

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The Bengals have a lot of players eligible to hit the open market March 9. A lot of good players, too.

When that topic was broached with Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday, Guenther had his answer ready.

“Hue [Jackson] wants them all up in Cleveland,” Guenther said, per Geoff Hobson of

There was probably a hint of sarcasm in what Guenther said, but maybe only a hint. Jackson took over as Browns head coach last month after four years on the Bengals staff and the last two as offensive coordinator, so he knows the prospective Bengals free agents as well as anyone.

Guenther and Jackson were promoted by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis to coordinator roles after the 2013, when Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden left for head coaching jobs. Among the players from Guenther’s defense eligible to hit the market are starting safeties Reggie Nelson and George Iloka, linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and defensive end Wallace Gilberry.

Bengals wide receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu have already been linked to Jackson and the Browns via various reports and a simple connecting of the dots. The Browns need to add more talent to their receiving corps, even if Travis Benjamin returns.

As for the possibility — or probability — that Guenther and the Bengals lose at least one of their Nelson-Iloka combo, Guenther told Hobson that safety Shawn Williams is a starting-quality player from whom Guenther expects “big things.”

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18 Responses to “Bengals DC: Hue Jackson wants all the Bengals free agents”
  1. allmyteamsareterrible says: Feb 26, 2016 1:04 PM

    As he should. It makes the Browns better and the Bengals weaker. It’s a no brainer.

  2. oldcracker says: Feb 26, 2016 1:14 PM

    Speaking as a Browns fan, Hell yah! There’s little doubt about the quality of the Bengals’ roster.

    While there will be any number of good FA’s available, if Hue can get even one former Bengal on his roster, that’s not only less question mark for Hue and his staff, the “new Brown” can then help implement Hue’s schemes to his team mates.

    To me, it makes sense every way you look at it.

  3. ebdug says: Feb 26, 2016 1:19 PM

    Jackson needs to move on. the two worst things a coach can do is value character over talent and show loyalty to players. It looks like he’s doing both.

  4. jjb0811 says: Feb 26, 2016 1:27 PM

    Maybe he will trade 2 1st rounders (again) for Dalton. He has no wins in the playoff just like Palmer.

  5. firstdownbrowns says: Feb 26, 2016 1:27 PM

    as long as Dalton is the QB all the FA know they have no chance. maybe the Browns sign a couple .
    the Browns seem to have sign the best FA .his name is Hue Jackson

  6. theallegedone says: Feb 26, 2016 1:31 PM

    I’m pretty sure Mike Zimmer would like a few in Minnesota too. Particularly Iloka. He would look real nice at Safety next to Harrison Smith.

  7. ballboy48 says: Feb 26, 2016 1:33 PM

    Why won’t he? It’ll make the Browns stronger, at the same time weakening a divisional opponent.

  8. nickinneohio says: Feb 26, 2016 1:38 PM

    “Jackson needs to move on. the two worst things a coach can do is value character over talent and show loyalty to players. It looks like he’s doing both.”

    What did I just read there?!??

  9. mysterytonite says: Feb 26, 2016 1:51 PM

    Happy for you Hue that you got another shot at Head Coach but get your own damn players you poacher.

  10. r502 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:06 PM

    Nice try Hue, but you are in Cleveland, the wasteland of the NFL.

  11. bigal-#7 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:07 PM

    Just what we need Pac Man with the Browns.

  12. dcapettini says: Feb 26, 2016 2:21 PM

    I get a kick out of Bengals fans denigrating the Browns. When they can win playoff game without Ickey Woods on the roster, they can boast. They do have some remarkable talent on their team, the fruit of drafting high year after year, but they haven’t been able to do anything with it. Now those good players are getting their payday and some, if not most of them will be moving on to greener pastures and the Bengals recent success will be making it harder to replace them with lower draft picks.

    The Houston Texans have never won a playoff game that their opponent wasn’t the Bengals.

  13. bonniebengal says: Feb 27, 2016 8:39 AM

    Iloka tweeted that he wanted to be re-signed by the Bengals.

  14. AtkinseatsyourOL says: Feb 27, 2016 9:20 AM

    Keep laughing, if not for the refs and porter, the bengals were getting the playoff monkey off their back this year yes Burfict hit was questionable so was shazier,that knocked gio out. No flag. Dalton was able to play the game wouldn’t have been close.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 27, 2016 11:30 AM

    All those reasons Atkins, and no mention of Hill fumble?

  16. glclemg says: Feb 27, 2016 12:36 PM

    I guess you can call them Hue’s X-ed Men. See what I did there?

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 27, 2016 3:12 PM

    ….Dalton was able to play the game wouldn’t have been close.
    Agreed. 1/6. McCarron kept it close.

  18. Lou Stools says: Feb 27, 2016 9:54 PM

    I’m all for it so long as joetotonto goes too.

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