The Cincinnati Bengals did a great job this offseason of addressing their biggest need — the offensive line.
Cincinnati quickly attacked their biggest perceived weakness during the early stages of free agency by signing three quality offensive linemen — Alex Cappa, Ted Karras, and La’el Collins.
The Bengals, however, still have some other needs that could stand to be addressed this offseason.
And CBS Sports pointed out one of those needs this week, suggesting that adding a cornerback is one area where Cincinnati could add some depth.
Defensive tackle was also under consideration but the decision ultimately landed on cornerback. The Bengals were able to squeeze the most out of Eli Apple and Chidobe Awuzie last season. They have since added Cam Taylor-Britt. It would be unrealistic to expect a similar level of production out of that group this season. They lack a true lockdown boundary player that opens up so many scheming possibilities for the defense as a whole.
Free-agent cornerback Kevin King is a player that would make some sense for the Bengals.
King, a former Washington standout, spent the first five years of his career with the Green Bay Packers. He’s had trouble staying healthy — he’s missed 13 games over the last two years — but that’s also why he wouldn’t be an overly expensive addition for Cincinnati.
The Bengals just need to add some depth. And King, who is just 27, is looking to prove he’s still a starting-caliber NFL cornerback. A one-year prove-it deal would make sense for both sides.
If Cincinnati signed the former second-round draft pick, they’d be getting a player with 42 career starts under his belt who could fill a variety of roles in the secondary (he played cornerback and safety in college).
This wouldn’t be a flashy signing and it wouldn’t generate many headlines, but it would give the Bengals some much-needed depth at cornerback and create some competition.
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