Originally Posted by LoganBuck
I think Wharton is a short term hedge on Clint Boling.
Could be, and I liked the pick in the draft mostly due to the fact they hadn't taken one before him and he was the last one I felt had a chance to be a good guard. Although in reading his scouting reports one could come to the conclusion he may never work out, he doesn't naturally knee bend/anchor and sometimes those guys cannot seem to change it, at least not enough to start. He profiles as a good backup. Otis Hudson OTOH might be the answer there I still believe he has all the natural talent to play it.
Originally Posted by bucksfan2
The problem I have with free agency in the NFL is people make a big too do out of it but the reality is its impact isn't nearly as much. The Bengals let two underachieving guards go who all of a sudden became in demand free agents. In the NFL you don't build through free agency, you build through the draft. If the Bengals are intent on picking a Guard in the draft who they think can slide right in I have no problem with the way they are acting in free agency in regards to the OL.
I don't really know what to think about Reggie Nelson. He was a solid safety, nothing spectacular as a Bengal. Its nice getting him back because he has been in the system for a number of years. But he isn't a difference maker in the back 7 that the Bengals sorely need. Don't know enough about Jason Allen, but if he is a solid corner he will help the Bengals out. They still will need to take a DB with one of their first 3 picks, but it may just give them a little more flexibility in the draft.
If they sign Michael Bush I will consider it a very good offseasn for the Bengals. If you go back all the way to Carson Palmer IMO the Bengals have done well in FA. An extra draft choice, retained their #1 priority, and haven't lost a key contributor to the team.
60 million and a QB who needs all the space he can (ala Brees) to remain productive, don't take shortcuts at the OL or you end up getting your QB smashed too much ala Palmer. They needed 2 guards coming in and they have 60 million and go get a guy who was cut just days ago. He's probably an upgrade but geez why be so dang cheap all the stinking time.