The Bengals are one of 30 teams that will watch Super Bowl LV from their home.
The Chiefs are looking for their second straight championship. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are looking for their first Super Bowl win in 18 years.
There are many key players in both teams who are supposed to be free agents this off-season.
The Bengals could ultimately target one or more veterans on the Chiefs and Bucs’ respective rosters.
Here are four players who could be on the Bengals’ radar when the agency opens next month.
The linebacker was two years ago before the Bengals withdrew due to a shoulder problem.
“I thought Cincinnati was the right move for me” Barrett said this week. “You offered me [a] Two year deal and then my agent was sure he could pull me up a little more than what they were offering. So it would have been the most money I’d ever made with the greatest certainty. And that was all I wanted was security and stability for my family. It was a shot in the stomach when they pulled the contract offer, but I haven’t heard from anyone about the shoulder injuries I attended because I never had a shoulder injury. ”
The 28-year-old signed a $ 4 million one-year deal with Tampa Bay. He picked up 19.5 sacks and was inducted into the Pro Bowl in 2019. He made $ 15.8 million that season while playing on Franchise Day.
Barrett has eleven sacks this season, including three in the NFC championship game against Green Bay.
The former vacant free agent from the US state of Colorado has established himself as one of the most disruptive edge rushers in the NFL over the past two years.
Cincinnati finished last in the NFL that season with 17 sacks.
Carl Lawson will remain the team’s priority, but there’s no reason the Bengals wouldn’t have Barrett on their list of players to be targeted in the free agency.
Will he be interested after what happened in 2019? That is a question that only he can answer.
In the past two seasons, Breeland has ranked third among all outside cornerbacks who play at least 15 or more snaps with an overall score of 82.2 according to Pro Football Focus.
Breeland has had quite a few ups and downs in Kansas City, including kicking the 2020 season off with a 4-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
“I was disappointed in myself that my team could be there without me.” Said Breeland. “But really seeing what they were doing really cheered me up at the same time.”
After returning from suspension, Breeland started eleven games. He recorded two interceptions, nine defended passes and 38 tackles.
He has 14 career interceptions with 81 passes defended.
Like Lawson, William Jackson III is expected to be the Bengals’ priority in secondary school, but that won’t stop them from looking at other cornerbacks where Mackensie Alexander and LeShaun Sims are free to choose.
Breeland will be looking for a raise after signing one-year contracts with the Chiefs ($ 2 million in 2019, $ 3 million in 2020). He could be an option for the Bengals, especially if they can’t sign Jackson again.
Robinson is one of the many quick recipients on the Chiefs list.
He finished third in the Chiefs with 45 catches that season. He has 120 catches for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career.
Robinson is not in the spotlight, but he has been instrumental in it and never missed a game in his career.
AJ Green, John Ross, Mike Thomas, and Alex Erickson are expected to become freelance agents. The Bengals will likely address the recipient in the draft, but that won’t stop them from signing a veteran.
Robinson was on the COVID-19 / Reserve List this week but was officially cleared for Friday’s game.
The previous pick for the first round appeared in only 10 games for the Chiefs that season, ending with 37 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns. Watkins has dealt with his fair share of injuries over the years, but he’s an explosive player when he’s on the field.
He’s one of the many veterans who could ultimately sign a one-year contract this off-season in hopes of restoring his value before retesting the waters of the free agents in 2022.
Bengal’s head coach Zac Taylor worked with Watkins in 2017 when he was Rams’ assistant for wide-angle receivers.
Watkins, who will be 28 in June, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a calf injury but is expected to play. If Taylor enjoyed coaching Watkins in 2017, then there’s no reason the Bengals aren’t kicking his tires on his head this off-season.
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