The Bengals’ broad reception core could look drastically different next season.
Four of their seven recipients, who were on the first week list in 2020, are slated to become freelance agents, including AJ Green and John Ross.
Both veterans are expected to sign elsewhere, and while the Bengals could bring back veterans like Alex Erickson or Mike Thomas, they have a clear need for the position.
ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell believes Bengal head coach Zac Taylor Ram’s broad receiver Josh Reynolds will follow up at the free agency.
The 25-year-old had a career high of 52 receptions for 618 yards and two touchdowns this season.
“The 2017 fourth round pick was never the main destination in Los Angeles or anywhere near it, but teams will always be interested in a 6-foot-3 man who does well.” Barnwell wrote. “The Bengals don’t usually spend much on free reigns (with 2020 being a notable exception), but they do have snaps when AJ Green and John Ross leave, and Reynolds played under Zac Taylor in Los Angeles.”
Barnwell believes the Bengals Reynolds will sign a two-year deal for $ 10 million.
Taylor went to Thomas in the last off season in the free agency. The two worked together in Los Angeles so it’s easy to see something similar with Reynolds in the free agency.
Adding a proven player like Reynolds would make sense, especially since he’s familiar with Taylor’s system.
If the Bengals sign Reynolds and bring back a chunk like Thomas or Erickson, Cincinnati could have a solid group for Joe Burrow to work with.
A reception room with Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, one or more newcomers, and Thomas / Erickson and Reynolds is impressive.
The Bengalis are expected to take a long and careful look at the broad receiver position in the design. Reynolds wouldn’t sign [and shouldn’t] change those plans but it’s a solid plunge and entering its prime.
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