Found February 25, 2013 on WhoDeyFans:
Cicinnati-bengals-minicamp
The offensive line is not slated for an overhaul like the running backs or linebackers, and it isn’t in need of a significant addition like safety or receiver. But there is still a significant move to be made: re-signing Andre Smith. If the front office cannot get that deal done, then there will be another position of need to address in free agency or the draft. If you missed them, here are quick links to my draft strategy posts about wide receivers, safeties and cornerbacks, running backs, and linebackers. Most fans didn’t want Andre Smith when the Bengals drafted him. His weight was concerning, and the images from the Combine were simply haunting. While some still view him as Moobs the Broken-Footed, his play last year was closer to Andre the Giant Right Tackle. I’m not calling him Willie Anderson yet, but as one of the better tackles in the game and heading into his prime years, he is worth the team’s investment. Opposite him, Andrew Whitworth had knee problems that hampered his play. The team ran behind Smith far more often than Big Whit because it was more effective to do so. It may not be this year, but the team will need to think about drafting his eventual replacement before too long. Unless they choose to give the seemingly forgotten option of Anthony Collins a try. Collins has filled in at both tackle positions in his time as a Bengals with little loss in production. I would welcome an open competition between the two this year. Whit would likely win, but competition can’t hurt. Moving to the interior, Kevin Zeitler is an obvious lock at right guard for years to come. At left guard, however, the Bengals have an interesting situation. Clint Boling played pretty well for the majority of the season. But the Bengals has a lot of money–$5.35M–invested in Travelle Wharton over the next two years. Will that money buy him an advantage at the starting spot? It’s sharp cheddar to pay a backup. Or will that big contract make him a cap casualty? The Bengals have already announced that there will be an open competition between Trevor Robinson, the undrafted rookie who did a respectable job for much of the season after taking over from Jeff Faine, and Kyle Cook, the undrafted signal-caller for the past few years who struggled after returning from a knee injury. That promise of a competition means that Cook will not become a cap casualty on the cusp of free agency. But if he can’t win the job over Robinson, could the ax fall at the end of training camp? His salary could buy a quality free agent. With the young talent on the interior, the war room is unlikely to pick a guard or center until the later rounds, if at all. If talks with Smith do not go well, they could look at taking Alabama’s D.J. Fluker. Or if they have to tag Smith, they could decide to look for a developmental project like Terron Armstead, who set the Combine abuzz by running a 4.65/40. The front office will not invest big money in anyone but Smith this year, so high priced free agents are out of the question. They may pick up a free agent along the way, but they will likely be content with low draft picks and college free agents. How do you see it? Take Our Poll
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Cincinnati Bengals ponder Rey Maualuga; Te’o

When linebacker Rey Maualuga was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009, it was presumed that he would be a second-tier force for the team for an extended amount of time. Now that he is a free agent, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has spoken with the team’s website about just how good  the former USC product is. Please Click Here To Read This Story The post Cincinnati...

Bengals coaches want LB Rey Maualuga back.

Bengals have a lot of tough decisions to make over the next couple weeks. A big one is figuring out how to keep linebacker Ray Manaluga from hitting the free agent market in a couple weeks. Bengals coaches had this to say to NFL.com “He’s one of the guys you got to get back in the fold,” Marvin Lewis told Around The League’s Gregg Rosenthal on Sunday. “(Maualuga) is, as...

Marvin Lewis wants Rey Maualuga back, but it may be tough

On Sunday, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was a guest on Around The League with Gregg Rosenthal, and addressed last week's rumor that the team would "pass on re-signing" linebacker Rey Maualuga. "He's one of the guys you got to get back in the fold," Lewis said of the soon-to-be free agent.

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer thinks the Bengals are ready to go to the next level

The Cincinnati Bengals are on the rise, but in order to say they arrived, they have to overtake the Houston Texans. Defensively they are on par, ranking 7th against the pass, and 12th against the run. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer feels they are closing the gap on Houston, but the Bengals still need to add more talent. “I think we’re really close,” Zimmer said on the...

Mike Zimmer Says Bengals Are Really Close To Being Elite Team

The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs the past two seasons, and are making strides towards being a perennial contender. Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is a big reason for their recent success, and told NFL Network, that the Bengals are “really close to being one of the AFC’s elite teams.” “I think we’re really close,” Mike Zimmer told NFL Network...

Patrick, Larson cars under scrutiny

The Nationwide Series team that had two cars involved in the horrific multi-car wreck during Saturday's Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona -- including Kyle Larson's car, which vaulted off another car and into the catch fence, showering parts into the stands and injuring at least 28 -- is under scrutiny for possible rules violations by NASCAR.

NASCAR: Kyle Larson’s violent last-lap accident highlights Nationwide’s Drive 4 COPD 300

All the way up until the final eight laps, the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ season opening race in the Drive 4 COPD 300 was action packed but relatively tame. We saw a race record for most leaders and plenty of passing and action all day long. Unfortunately, this style of racing got the best of us as a violent accident on the last-lap of today’s race potentially injured several...

NNS: Rookie Kyle Larson Looks Back On Daytona

The Nationwide driver who walked away from the massive wreck speaks with Danielle Trotta on ‘NASCAR Race Hub.’
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.