Originally Posted by WebScorpion
I agree with this and I think Richardson is going to be an Adrian Peterson kind of game changer. I also think he's head and shoulders above the rest of the choices this year, so if he's there at #17 we should take him.
That said, I think the Bengals have more room under the cap than any team in the NFL this year so I'm hoping we make a splash in the Free Agent market. I'm hoping they sign a Michael Bush or Matt Forte making the whole Trent Richardson debate moot for us.
Bush isn't an upgrade to Benson but I agree with your hopes on being a player in the FA market especially Forte UFA, you can also include R. Rice UFA and A. Foster RFA. Not convinced Rice will be available but it's possible (though perhaps not probable) the other 2 could be had.
As far as Richardson goes I have come to the conclusion I wouldn't trade up very far for him like I would have a month ago, to much uncertainty about whether or not he can carry the load. He never had to in college and he had some pretty serious ankle injuries in HS from what I've heard. But I would trade up as far as I could without giving up more than a 5th round pick (perhaps a 4th). I think there is a possibility the Jets would take the plunge in front of us if Richardson fell there.