Cincinnati Bengals Filling The Free Agent Voids

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2009

Finally it looks like the Bengals have hit the market and they did so in fine fashion.

Late this afternoon they signed veteran wideout Laveranues Coles to what is thought to be a four-year, $28 million contract. Coles will replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who left for Seattle on Monday.

In other news, Cedric Benson signed a new two-year deal yesterday. Benson was one of the bright spots last year, hauling in the longest pass, a 79-yarder, and had the longest run of the season against the Super Bowl champion Steelers, a 15-yard scamper.

With the skill players taken care of now, it looks like it is time to address the O-line. We are still in need of a center/guard, and will take a tackle at pick No. 6 to fill the void left by departing Stacy Andrews.

April's draft could be very interesting now. What do the Bengals do in the later rounds? Do they go defensive line? Linebacker? A cover corner? We shall see....

Bottom line is they made a splash, maybe not a huge Albert Haynesworth splash, but a splash nonetheless.