Training camp is drawing ever closer, and in Cincinnati, all signs are pointing toward a continuation of 2011's surprisingly successful youth movement.
Andy Dalton and the upstart Bengals turned a number of heads in 2011, their playoff berth considered a big surprise following the personnel overhaul that gripped the Queen City for much of the summer.
One year on and not much has changed. The Bengals are still perceived as underdogs with too little youth to pose a significant threat to the league's big boys.
However, while the Bengals have stockpiled youth, they have also added a number of veteran acquisitions in the likes of Travelle Wharton, Jason Allen and Terence Newman.
It will be this mix of the old and the new that will help the Bengals in their quest to take the next step in 2012, and while training camp is just around the corner, it's still not too late to add a few more names to the list.
Here are five free agents the Bengals should consider inviting to training camp this year.