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3 Players the Bengals Should Avoid in Free Agency

Three free agents the Cincinnati Bengals should avoid.
Three free agents the Cincinnati Bengals should avoid. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have a lot of room to make up in the AFC North following a four-win season. But the future is bright with QB Joe Burrow and his positive injury recovery heading into the 2021 season.

We know some players that won't be on the Bengals roster in 2021. But as Cincinnati looks for deals in free agency, here are three players the Benglas should avoid signing.

1. Kenny Golladay, WR

Cincinnati will certainly look to invest in its WR corps this offseason, but it's clear that Kenny Golladay is hoping to cash in after a Pro Bowl season in 2019 with the Detroit Lions. However, Golladay questionably remains unsigned, likely because he's waiting for someone to up their offer. There's reports that several teams have questions about him after the wideout played in just five games for Detroit last season. Some have suggested he quit on the team and took his time in his recovery. That's not the kind of talent the Bengals should be shelling out top dollars for, and they'd be better off pursuing a value at the position like Sammy Watkins or Will Fuller.

2. Alejandro Villanueva, LT

The Bengals should target a number of offensive linemen in free agency, as the priority is to protect their QB. However Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is a mid-tier option to pass on at age 32. He's a monster of a man at 6-foot-9, and he's been a solid pass protector the past two seasons, according to his Pro Football Focus grades. But well-below-par run blocking grades won't make spending up to $15 million a year worth the risk.

3. Rick Wagner, RT

The Bengals have a substantial weakness at right tackle, but Rick Wagner is not the right fit to solve the problem. The 32-year-old was released by the Green Bay Packers and had uncharacteristically high PFF grades in 2020. But Wagner's not improving again, and as a stop-gap option given his age, the Bengals would be better off pursuing younger options.

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