Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
I heard on the radio they're talking to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
"Reality tells us there are no guarantees. Except that some day Jon Lester will be on that list of 100-game winners." - Peter Gammons
I'm not a big fan of going big in free agency. The desperate teams are overpaying early on and getting the biggest names available.
From what I've heard we'll have Green-Ellis and Michael Bush visiting soon, and maybe that Newman CB from Dallas. I'd like Newman for depth and a reunion with Zimmer, and of those two backs I'd rather have Bush.
Aaron Ross is also reportedly visiting. I'd rather have him than Newman and Bush over Green-Ellis (though the former's YPC drop concerns me).
Bengals have reportedly lost Jonathon Fanene and Frostee Rucker to the Pats and Browns.
What's the situation with Matt Forte? I know his contract situation was talked about a lot during the season and I'd love to see The Bengals make a run at him.
Do The Bears still have the ability to franchise him?
It's kind of disconcerting that with as much cap room as the Bengals have that they seemingly haven't reached out to some of the bigger name free agents. Carl Nicks would have been a great fit, he's relatively young and would have seemingly allowed the club to use their first rounder picks to address other needs.
Bengals said the plan was to keep their guys and to try and see how the market shakes out for mid tier free agents. So far I am pretty disappointed with this offseason as they really haven't made a move to keep anyone other than special teamers and a long snapper. However I have grown used to it over the last 30 yrs.
Don't know how Brown plans to put fans in the seats operating like this. If he doesn't get the message after last season he never will. Even Buffalo is trying to make a splash.
If you have a losing record at Reds games, please stop going.
So what's Brown trying to achieve here? Next year, he has to spend to the cap. So what's he going to do, resign all these young players to extensions and than sign some second-tier free agents to over inflated contracts?
Look, I'm not claiming to be an expert on NFL contracts. And I don't want the Bengals to be the Redskins and "win" every March. But I just can't help to think Brown is completely over his head again here. He's always been a bargain shopper. But, especially with the new CBA, those days are over. And not to mention, the talent he'll eventually bring in won't be as good as the talent that it's replacing.
That hit was plenty fair. Atleast by a quarter of an inch.
Seriously the twitterverse of Bengals fans was all honked off yesterday over Fanane and Rucker. Both are solid, but average. In baseball terms they are Joe Randas. There are other players that are actually better out there. They have an entire draft coming up with 9 picks. They will be ok.
As for the handwringing over Nelson, he is also a dead average safety. Now I know that the position has been such a blackhole for the last decade that average looks good, but seriously how many times did you have to see Nelson out of position on runs, and passes, costing the Bengals D huge gains. Yes bring him back if you can, but lets not pretend that he was some All pro level player. He was just to the right of the middle of the safety play bell curve.
Gotta remember that in January and February, that the Bengals will need cap space to give huge extensions to Dalton, Green, Atkins, and Gresham. Those players will take up huge chunks. They are being relatively paid peanuts right now. Quick make a list of more valuable receivers in the league than AJ Green. The list is Megatron, Larry Fitzgerald, and ???. Those two above Green are being paid $120 million dollar deals.
Gotta lock the kids up.
I wanted to Bengals to make a run at Vincent Jackson, but not at what he signed for. The key would be to getting a true #2 WR and sign Green longterm. Most teams have been successful building via the draft and even with trades. Free Agency has been fools gold.