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Depth: Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Terence Newman, Dre Kirkpatrick, Jason Allen, Pacman Jones
For years, the Bengals were considered one of the cheapest teams in professional sports, not just the NFL.
So they sure have come a long way, spending a huge amount of money on one particular position: cornerback.
Assuming Leon Hall can recover completely from his torn Achilles, he should return to All-Pro form and solidify one of the two starting corner positions.
The other spot would seem to be up for grabs, as it has as many as three really worthy challengers and two more that can provide additional depth.
Nate Clements had a fine year in 2011, starting 15 games, breaking up 13 passes and even rushing the passer on occasion, for a team that had one of the NFL's better pass defense.
Still, when the Cowboys cut Terence Newman, Cincy didn't hesitate, snatching up the older but much cheaper two-time Pro Bowler. Newman's presence may or may not lead to Clements being cut (he's due over $4 million this season), but even if the Bengals do unload him, because they have Dre Kirkpatrick they won't be hurting for excellent cover skills and athleticism.
The first-round choice from Alabama has tremendous size, and the Bengals have to be eager to get him on the field.
Should he need extra time to develop, however, because they signed Jason Allen and re-signed Pacman Jones, they are overloaded with depth and speed in the secondary.