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Bengals Offseason Focus: Draft, Free Agency or Re-Sign?
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It’s becoming time for the Cincinnati Bengals to solidify their acquisition strategy for this offseason. With free agency beginning in five days and the NFL draft occurring in seven weeks, the Bengals need to decide which positions need to be improved via free agency and which positions can afford to be upgraded via the draft. 

The Bengals have already been busy, signing LB Aaron Maybin from the Jets and applying the franchise tag to defensive end Michael Johnson. Maintaining a strong defense will be a priority, but with Geno Atkins still under contract and other leaders like Leon Hall and Johnson still around, the nucleus of the defense is still there.

Behind them, however, there are certainly questions to be answered, positions to be filled and opportunities to step up for some. The Bengals have prioritized their needs and established where, and how, they think they can improve prior to training camp.

Here’s my take on what that priority list looks like.

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