CINCINNATI – The Bengals aren’t done yet.
Even after swapping Carl Lawson for Trey Hendrickson, replacing William Jackson III with Mike Hilton and Chidobe Awuzie, and signing two tackles – one on offense and one on defense – the Bengals plan to add more players to their squad in the next few days to record.
How can we be so sure? Well, they gave us an important clue about the way they structured Riley Reiff’s contract.
Cincinnati included an invalid year in their deal, which allowed them to lower their cap hit in 2021. They only signed a one-year contract. In place of his full $ 7.5 million salary that counts towards the cap, an invalid year has been added that will save $ 2.75 million in space in 2021 and move it to the next season.
This does not save the Bengals any cash. They spend the same amount of money. It gives them more flexibility in this off-season.
Cincinnati is said to have reported made a run against Sheldon Rankins, the former defender of the Saints over the weekend, but came up short. He agreed to the terms with the jets.
The Bengals are in the market for help in the trenches on either side of the ball. Maintaining this extra space could help them meet their largest remaining need in the open.
It is critical that Zac Taylor joins this coaching staff with proven players in his third season.
Adding more pieces in the free agency would give them a lot of flexibility in next month’s NFL draft as well.
The Bengals have taken some big steps in the past week, but they are not done yet.
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