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    2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Time for a new thread since we're clearly done with the Playoffs and have the coaching carousel settled?

    My ideal offseason plan would be as follows:

    1. Sign Alex Mack
    2. Sign Darren McFadden
    3. Prioritize the following in the draft:

    Round 1 (pick 24)
    1. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St
    2. Darqueze Dennard CB Mich St (Kiper's pick in his first mock draft)
    3. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

    Round 2
    1. Best QB Available - likely Derek Carr or Zach Mettenberger
    2. Carlos Hyde RB Ohio St (only if they don't sign McFadden)
    3. If they don't draft a CB in the first, best CB available - likely either of the Florida CB (Purifoy or Roberson)

    Round 3
    1. Best OLB, SS or OL available
    2. AJ McCarron QB Alabama (if Carr and Mettenberger are off the board in Round 2)
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason

    I posted this on the other thread, but I don't see Derek Carr making it to the Bengals at 24, let alone the second round. If he's there at 24, then take him there.

    I'm just thinking best player available in round 1. If it's Gilbert, Dennard, OL, LB, S. The Bengals could upgrade about anywhere.
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Is Michael Johnson a definite goner at DE in free agency? If so, do we need to look for a replacement? I'm not sure Hunt is ready yet & even if Geathers is back, is he good enough? Or is it worth spending more money on the D-line with Atkins & Dunlap already making big money? Maybe a mid-round (4th or 5th?) draft pick would be good and even if he is more Peko than Atkins, that could help down the line, though I guess Still & Thompson are both around.

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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    Is Michael Johnson a definite goner at DE in free agency? If so, do we need to look for a replacement? I'm not sure Hunt is ready yet & even if Geathers is back, is he good enough? Or is it worth spending more money on the D-line with Atkins & Dunlap already making big money? Maybe a mid-round (4th or 5th?) draft pick would be good and even if he is more Peko than Atkins, that could help down the line, though I guess Still & Thompson are both around.
    Assuming MJ is gone, I think we still have enough depth on the D-line between Dunlap Geathers, Gilberry, Hunt, Still, Thompson, Peko and of course Geno. I wouldn't be opposed to spending a 3rd round pick or later on a DE, but I don't think we can afford to do that with our first two picks.

    We just spent a 2nd rounder on Margus Hunt last year, and a 2nd and 3rd rounder on Still and Thompson the year before. Of course it hurts to lose Zimmer and MJ, but IMO CB, SS, and OLB are bigger areas of need on D.

    As a side note, Geathers may be washed up as well. Wouldn't surprise me to see him let go in Training Camp.
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    I forgot about Gilberry. He has been a nice pickup.

    Good points

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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    I forgot about Gilberry. He has been a nice pickup.

    Good points
    Yeah, the emergence of Gilberry makes resigning Johnson a less pressing need. I've already seen articles saying he made a mistake in not signing an extension last off-season, as he is more one dimensional than the other Bengals linemen and won't command as much in the free agent market.
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Also the Bengals drafted Margus Hunt for the very purpose of replacing Johnson, so they at least have a plan going forward.
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Michael Johnson to the Bucs for 5 yr 43 million.
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed View Post
    Michael Johnson to the Bucs for 5 yr 43 million.
    Collins is also rumored to be signing with the Bucs, but nothing official yet.

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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Happy to see the Bucs get a good player for the D-Line -- but they need a terror from the outside that can get after opposing QBs. Johnson is a nice piece, but he isn't that guy.
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    @pauldehnerjr Center Kyle Cook is saying goodbye and he's been let go by the #Bengals on his Facebook page.
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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Kyle Cook gone? I didn't see that coming but I'm glad. I feared that MB didn't think he had a problem in the middle of his O line

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray View Post
    Kyle Cook gone? I didn't see that coming but I'm glad. I feared that MB didn't think he had a problem in the middle of his O line
    Great for Mike Brown to recognize the importance of having someone better than Cook keeping pressure off of Dalton. Similar to Mike recognizing that MJ isn't worth anywhere near the money he got from Tampa. Gilberry can come in and not only not miss a beat but be much more productive than MJ, just as he was last year whenever he got playing time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingspoint View Post
    Great for Mike Brown to recognize the importance of having someone better than Cook keeping pressure off of Dalton. Similar to Mike recognizing that MJ isn't worth anywhere near the money he got from Tampa. Gilberry can come in and not only not miss a beat but be much more productive than MJ, just as he was last year whenever he got playing time.
    Looks like the Bengals will stockpile some nice comp picks for next yr

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    Re: 2014 Bengals Offseason Thread

    Pollack can be the incumbent to play Center, but Boling, Robinson and Zeitler are all in the mix, with Boling and Robinson as excellent backups.

    I think Brown made this move for two other reasons:

    He's confident that he can get Collins signed allowing Whitworth to move to LG (if Whitworth was at LT, Cook would probably need to be retained in order to keep some continuity on the Line).

    He's also recognized how terribly bad Gresham is at run-blocking, meaning that significant upgrades need to be made on the O-line. Gresham won't be cut because of his catching ability, but I have a feeling that Charles is going back to being a blocking Tight End, not a Fullback.
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