Originally Posted by Joseph
Are there any free agents that would be an upgrade? Any good RB or MLB?
There are three FA WR that would be huge upgrades: Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, and Danny Amendola.
Sanu and/or Jones might be able to be a serviceable #2 in a couple years. The Bengals need a very strong #2 (borderline #1) now. The last several games exposed this fact.
Then use the draft to upgrade LB, SS, and RB, and built out depth everywhere else.
MY OFFSEASON PLAN
1. Re-sign Michael Johnson.
2. Re-sign or Franchise Andre Smith (you might get more out of him on a one-year deal) Either way can't afford to let him leave.
3. Sign a FA WR (Wallace, Bowe or Amendola)
4. Target MLB Alec Ogletree or SS Kenny Vaccaro with the first round pick.
5. If unable to sign one of the 3 FA WR, draft best WR on the board (Hunter, Patterson, Allen or Williams) with pick #35. If FA WR is signed, draft LB/SS whichever you don't address in Round 1.
6. Draft best available RB with the second 2nd round pick or 3rd round pick (a guy like Giovanni Bernard, Eddie Lacy, Kenjon Bell, Montee Ball, or Marcus Lattimore.)
7. Look to extend Geno Atkins and AJ Green
8. Try to convert Taylor Mays into a OLB.
9. Let Leonard, B.Scott, Tate, Geathers, Maualuga, Clements, and one of Newman/Pacman walk.
10. Whatever you do, keep Mike Zimmer (even if it means firing Marvin).
Also, tell Andy Dalton and Jermaine Gresham that 2013 will be their make or break year. If they don't improve, I'm looking to draft someone to push them early in 2014.