Bottom line is if I have 5 guys who will all command near 10 million each or above coming up (AJ, MJ, Geno, Dalton & possibly Dunlap), 50 million in cap space and I have the above sitting on the bench ready to play a spot where there is a questionable guy wanting big money it's only smart business to pay market value or a bit less to retain the FA. IMO It's a gamble worth taking!Quote:
4) Anthony Collins, Cincinnati Bengals
Age as of 1st September, 2012: 26
2011 Grade: +4.3
Key Stat: In four complete games in the last two seasons has allowed only three pressures.
Behind the Numbers: That Collins ranks fourth among free agency tackles shows the depth, or lack thereof, in this tackle class. That is not to say that Collins isn’t a capable player, but with only five starts in the last two seasons, one of which saw him play only 14 snaps, his body of work is somewhat lacking. However Collins’ quality of play in those starts has been extremely impressive and, but for a No. 5 overall pick sitting above him on the depth chart demanding time to bed in, might have seen him earn more playing time. In his only extended stretch as a starter, 13 straight starts from Week 12 2008 to Week 9 2009, Collins proved to be an adequate starter and a team looking to fill a gap for the short term could get a pleasant surprise in Collins who with four years of experience at age 26 this season has plenty of tread left on his tires.
Because he did pretty well for them last year, and sometimes it's easier to keep a player whose abilities you know and who knows "the system" than going to get a rookie or someone else.
It looks like their knowledge of his warts will win out over what they know of his talents, but maybe there's just enough "good points" to tease them into at least debating it.
Burfict is moving to the middle where he might be an all pro next season. If the Bengals draft Teo there would be no place to put him. Every scout out there says he can only play inside. I know Zimmer liked him at the combine and compared him to a former player in Dallas but I just don't see him having a position with the Bengals.
I think Vaccaro is the guy the Bengals really want at 21, and rightfully so. I just hope he lasts that long.
Read this on the forum over at Bengals.com. My response was as follows...
All of it seems both logical and plausible except that last one, those 3 guy are all gone before the Bengals pick IMO. Hope it's all true, that 1st one we should know the truth on soon.
One of the posters over there wrote this...so take all of the above with a bigger than usual grain of salt.Quote:
Not sure who this Brian Patterson is, but he is reporting some majoe Bengal news on twitter this past hour. I'm guessing however that this guy is complete fraud and all of this is BS
@1BrianPatterson: bengals have reached tentative deals with cb adam jones, de wallace gilberry and p kevin huber. Gilberry and huber both get 3 years.”
“@bengalsinsider: bengals will speak to agents of laron landry and darnell ellerbe during 3 day "anti tampering" window.”
“@bengalsinsider: bengals have zero interest in bringing andre smith back, per sources. They have plans in place to replace him.”
@bengalsinsider: bengals will also place offer sheet on rfa rb chris ivory of saints, which they dont expect saints to match.”
“@bengalsinsider: bengals top 3 targets for 21st pick...lane johnson, jarvis jones and ezekiel ansah. They think one will drop to them.”
Brian Patterson is the nut job that used to post here. None of what he says is true.