Rey Maualuga, LB: Let him walk. See Houston vs. Cincinnati in the playoffs.
Andre Smith, RT: Smith is coming off what was, by far, his best season in the pros. He solidified himself as a top 10 tackle in the league, and it has been reported by SB Nation that he's seeking a $9 million contract. Given how lazy and unwilling Smith has been to work in the past, will Cincinnati be willing to throw millions more at the massive man?
Manny Lawson, LB: After making $2.1 million in 2012 and not even managing 40 tackles, I'm not seeing a whole lot of reason to bring Lawson back unless he's willing to take a pay cut—and a big one. If Cincinnati does bring him back, it should be in a reserve role, as Lawson should be playing behind Vontaze Burfict, and likely a rookie.
Nate Clements, CB: Combining Clements' base salary and his signing bonus, he made over $5 million in 2012—that is absurd, considering the production Cincinnati got from him. He was put at a bit of a disadvantage playing safety because of injuries, but Clements isn't the defender he used to be. Freeing up that much on the payroll certainly helps.
Robert Geathers, DE: His time as a Bengal has been admirable, but Geathers is certainly no longer worth the $6 million he got last season. It may be worth bringing him back as some veteran depth on defense, but only if he is willing to take a massive pay cut. Collecting only 30 tackles is not going to get you a quality job in the NFL.
Thomas Howard, LB: Howard missed pretty much all of the 2012 season because of injury, but he has been a productive defender for his entire career, proving to be a good pass defender and tremendous tackler. Cincinnati would benefit tremendously from bringing him back.
Kevin Huber, P: He needs to be back in Cincinnati. Plain and simple.
Chris Crocker, S: Crocker's production in 2012 was surprisingly good, considering he was brought in as a replacement. He made $825,000 in 2012 for the 13 games he played and he made up for quite a few of the troubles Cincinnati was experiencing in the secondary.
Adam Jones, CB: He isn't quite the all-star he could have been at the beginning of his young career, but Jones proved to be a decent attribute to have in black-and-orange. Still, his price tag will likely be too steep for the team to bring him back.