Cincinnati Bengals Bungle Into Free Agency

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2009

So, less than 11 hours into free agency, the Bengals seem to have done, or will be doing, even less than what was expected just a week ago.

A week ago it was all about keeping the players we have. Sign Stacy Andrews, keep Ryan Fitzpatrick, sign Cedric Benson, blah, blah, blah.

According to Geoff Hobson at the Bengals Web site, is reporting that Stacy Andrews is now a Philadelphia Eagle. Also, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is on a flight to Seattle.

Bottom line is the Bengals aren't gonna be a team that can afford to pay Redskins-type salaries to star players. But, come on! We need some help! 4-11-1 last year isn't exactly good. Hell, four wins weren't even good enough to make the playoffs in strike-shortened years.

What will the Bengals do now?

Now they need a tackle, which they are expected to draft with the sixth pick. They need a center, a starting tailback, a No. 2 receiver, another starting-caliber defensive tackle, and a safety since we didn't get Crocker signed.

A lot is left to be done, that is a fact. What do Bengals fans think of the team? I am frustrated because they had such an improvement just a few years back. Why haven't they made improvements in areas that need to be improved? I am looking for feedback.

If you are as mad as me, just take a big breath and repeat: At least we have a franchise kicker.