Cincinnati Bengals' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

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Cincinnati Bengals' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

The Cincinnati Bengals have made big moves before free agency officially begins this afternoon at 4 p.m. Eastern. 

On Sunday, they signed kicker Mike Nugent to a multi-year deal. On Friday, they announced that they agreed to a deal with punter Kevin Huber, his flawless long snapper Clark Harris and special teams extraordinaire and backup running back Cedric Peerman.

Defensive end Wallace Gilberry agreed to a multi-year deal with the Bengals this past weekend and they also locked up free agents Andrew Hawkins, Vincent Rey and Jeromy Miles (via

Defensive end Michael Johnson has already received the franchise tag, leaving tackle Andre Smith as the team’s most expensive remaining free-agent priority. 

The Bengals have a number of needs to still address. There are certain positions that they will need to use free agency to upgrade.

The Bengals will certainly use the NFL draft to find inexpensive talent to mold, however free agency presents its own advantages. In fact, this year the Bengals have the luxury of hardly needing to resort to free agency if they can keep key players in place, which they seem to be doing by re-signing players like Johnson, Hawkins, Peerman and Huber.

Free agency still presents another opportunity for the Bengals to upgrade if they play their cards right. Here is a look at what the Bengals need to do in order to win free agency in 2013.

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