However, as more and more names were added to the injury list, it became clear that some spots would benefit from another set of hands.
One such position is cornerback.
Injuries to Leon Hall and Terence Newman forced Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones into starting roles this year, and both performed admirably. But behind them, the Bengals had only Brandon Ghee and Chris Lewis-Harris to back them up.
Terence Newman will be 36 at the start of the 2014 season and entering the second season of his two-year deal. He’s been a consistent member of the Bengals secondary, but his age and injury concerns make it unlikely that he’ll see another contract.
Leon Hall is coming back from a second torn Achilles, this time to the other leg. He came back successfully from the first one, but will he be able to do it again?
These questions will force the Bengals to either take a cornerback in the 2014 NFL draft or bring in a veteran free agent. So which should they go for? Let’s take a look…