Bengals broke their mold, and the bank

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When the Bengals have spent money in the past, it was on their own guys.

So it’s reasonable if you were surprised by yesterday’s binge, in which they doled out a combined $95 million worth of contracts to D.J. Reader and Trae Waynes.

As noted by Paul Dehner of TheAthletic.com, it was the biggest splurge on outside free agents since 2010, when the Bengals gave an ill-fated four-year deal worth a reported $28 million to wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who never caught a pass for them.

Signing Reader, the former Texans nose tackle, to a four-year, $53 million deal was the eye-opener, setting the market for run-stoppers.

Their hope is that he stabilizes the middle of a bad defense, and provides a boost to Geno Atkins.

There’s reason to be more skeptical about the addition of Waynes on a three-year, $42 million deal, and it was certainly out of character. The Bengals have traditionally found their corners in the first round of the draft and tried to keep them around.

But as they try to rebound from last year’s 2-14 record, and convince people they’re serious about winning, it may take overspending to prove the point.

 

14 responses to “Bengals broke their mold, and the bank

  1. Unless they turn into Hue era Browns, nowhere to go but up. Trade Dalton and draft well and they might rise to average.

  2. From my understanding, Wayne’s ability to help in run D was one of the things the team was most impressed with. Too much tape out there of Dre getting mauled and shed by stiff arms.

  3. Perhaps if this mold had been broken during the 5 year playoff run, us Bengal fans would’ve had a win to celebrate. Onwards and upwards I guess!

  4. I love how people keep using the incorrect phrase “setting the market”. Reader’s contract doesn’t set anything; the market, which had risen on its own, paid Reader. His contact REFLECTS the risen market, not sets it.

  5. You will need more than 2 players to make this defense just average. Over spent. They should trade their 1st pick. They can get a ton back and Burrows is not a guarantee. He’s good but they can be set with more picks/players for years to come by trading out of the 1st pick.

  6. now they need a top linebacker and an ol. if they can do that, the draft becomes bpa
    after burrow at #1. it is a nice start.

  7. This organization/Owner are a disgrace to the NFL. They have been dog do do for way to long.

  8. Overspending doesn’t prove a point except that you’ll throw money away, which is a really dumb thing to prove. I watch lots of Jags and am familiar with the concept.

  9. rickfol says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:11 am
    You will need more than 2 players to make this defense just average. Over spent. They should trade their 1st pick. They can get a ton back and Burrows is not a guarantee. He’s good but they can be set with more picks/players for years to come by trading out of the 1st pick.

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    You lost your remaining shreds of possible credibility when you called Joe, “Burrows”.

  10. Interesting note on Wayne’s contract. Instead of giving him Guaranteed money, the front loaded his first year by paying him $25 mil. That tells me Dre K will not be with the team this fall. Along with Dalton being traded that eats up a third of their cap space this year, and leaving only $17 mil over 2 years for the CB. Smart move to give them flexibility for the next 2 years to extend Mixon and possibly WJ3 if he recaptures his form from 2017. Smart move by the Brown family. Wonder if they do the same with AJ Green, or try to get another FA. I wonder what Bears Leonard Floyd’s asking price is.

  11. The Bengal fan above is correct, Wayne’s strength is against the run — he’s a great run defender. The negatives are he always gets nicked up and has very poor ball judgment skills with the WRs always beating him to the ball in contested catch situations. And this is with two of the best NFL safeties playing behind him. He’s not worth $14M/yr if that’s the average. If the guarantees are limtied and they can dump him in 2 years when they realize his cover skills suck, the deal should be tolerable.

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