Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The annual NFL shopping spree that is free agency begins next Tuesday at 4 p.m. It is no longer the Black Friday of owner and general managers jostling for positions at the front of the store, noses pressed up against the glass awaiting the doors to open but less flash doesnt diminish the importance of the period as teams begin to set their rosters for the 2013 season. Mike Brown and the Bengals have never been big players in free agency. They were long-chided for their preferred method of drafting, developing and re-signing their own players but that strategy which has worked well for the likes of Green Bay, Pittsburgh and the New York Giants to name a few teams has finally begun to reap benefits with consecutive playoff appearances. The Bengals have 23 players who, unless they sign ahead of Tuesday will become unrestricted free agents plus a pair of restricted free agents (less than four years experience) and unsigned players who they hold exclusive rights (less than three years...
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