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3 Recently Released Players the Bengals Need to Sign on the Waiver Wire

Devon Platana
Three recently released players that the Cincinnati Bengals need to sign on the waiver wire.
Three recently released players that the Cincinnati Bengals need to sign on the waiver wire. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

After wrapping their preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals will now direct their attention to the 2021 NFL season. The Bengals began a new era last season with Joe Burrow as their quarterback going forward, however, they hit a snag when he had his rookie campaign ended when he tore his left ACL and MCL. Even though Burrow is now healthy, Cincinnati is still several pieces away from competing.

Fortunately for the Bengals, they're in a position to add some pieces after teams around the NFL cut some notable players to reach Tuesday's 53-man deadline. With some names that could help the team up for grabs, Cincinnati should consider signing some of them off waivers.

Here's a look at three recently released players that the Bengals need to sign on the waiver wire.

Cincinnati Bengals Rumors

1. Travis Fulgham, Wide Receiver

The Bengals were hoping that 2021 5th overall pick Ja'Marr Chase would be their No. 1 wideout going forward. Unfortunately, he's struggled this preseason by dropping four of five targets. Beyond Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, Cincinnati doesn't have much depth if Chase can't get it together consistently. Fortunately, they can go out and sign former Philadelphia Eagles wideout Travis Fulgham. Make no mistake: Fulgham has struggled during the preseason too, hence why he was cut. But he also had 38 receptions for 539 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns last year. He could certainly learn to work on his hands (56.7% catch rate in 2020), however, Fulgham would at least give the Bengals another option to shore up their pass-catching depth.

2. Peyton Barber, Running Back

Once again, fifth-year veteran Joe Mixon will be Cincinnati's No. 1 running back. However, he's coming off of a foot injury that held him to just six games in 2020. While Samaje Perine is a solid backup, he's only started in nine games since 2019. In other news, the Bengals backfield could be in trouble if they don't sign another credible option like recently released Washington Football Team RB Peyton Barber. Even though Barber isn't a game-changing back, he's a decently reliable option who has 2,606 total yards from scrimmage and 21 touchdowns in 79 career games. He definitely has a better resume than third-string running back Trayveon Williams, so even if he's the No. 3 guy in the backfield, the Bengals will at least have him in case of any other injuries.

3. Jahlani Tavai, Middle Linebacker

Third-year linebacker Germaine Pratt is expected to start in the middle of the Bengals defense for the second straight year He finished 2020 with 89 total tackles and 2 passes defended, however, you can never have too much depth at the position — especially in a 17-game season. Enter fellow third-year MLB Jahlani Tavai, who was cut by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. Tavai played 16 games (10 starts) for the Lions last year, recording 58 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Tavai likely won't usurp Pratt for the starting job, however, he'd be an upgrade over backup MLB Markus Bailey. Besides, Tavai will only be turning 25 years old in September, so the former 2019 second-round pick's best performances could still be ahead of him.

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