Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/16/14
Michael Johnson has been a big contributor on defense. Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs this past season, the Cincinnati Bengals have one of the best rosters in the league. They have depth at almost every position and have a great core of young talent on offense like Giovani Bernard, AJ Green, Marvin Jones, and many others. However, there are still some holes that need to be filled, with free agency and contracts coming to an end. Two of the top free agents on the team are defensive end Michael Johnson and left tackle Anthony Collins. Both are starters for the club and have had huge impacts on their respective sides of the ball. Collins did not allow a sack to come from his man all season, and Johnson has been a huge part of what has become on the best defensive lines in football. These two are the only starters not under contract for next season and there aren’t great chances that either will return. With Hue Jackson as the new Bengals offensive coordinator, we can expect to see Andrew Whitworth play guard with Jackson’s dedication to the run game. Something will need to be done at left tackle, so if Collins is not happy with the offer the Bengals put on the table they will most likely say goodbye and wait to see what else is on the market. Johnson will just require too much money out of the Bengals. With fellow defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap receiving big contracts, he will expect the Bengals to match that and that is something they just can’t afford to do. There is less of of a chance of Johnson returning than Collins. The Bengals’ defensive line is so deep that losing Johnson yes would be a loss but not a huge one because they have enough guys to step up and play his position. But before worrying about signing their own players, the Bengals’ coaches will attend the NFL Scouting Combine where they will look to add more young talent to a team that is already full of it. One of the biggest needs for the Bengals is at cornerback, but unlike in recent years there isn’t a pressing need to fill a roster spot there. If Leon Hall can comeback from a torn achilles, Dre Kirkpatrick continues to grow and mature as a player, and Terrence Newman and Adam Jones don’t let their ages catch up to them, then the Bengals will be in decent shape at cornerback. If Johnson does end up leaving the Bengals, they will probably look for someone who they can draft in one of the middle rounds. Whoever is the best player available at that position at the time will most likely be chosen by the Bengals. Without any urgent needs on their roster, the Bengals sit in a good position going into the draft and free agency. They could also possibly go after a running back with the way Hue Jackson has been planning on using the run game. The draft should just add  more talent to one of the NFL’s best rosters already.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kevin Sumlin: Texas A&M players have 'chip on their shoulder'

WATCH: Elvis Andrus steals home against Padres

Seahawks went on Hawaiian vacation to ease SB tension

Robert Kraft: Deflategate 'most overblown story' in NFL

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Jim Tressel once sent touching note to family of Michigan OL


Sony cut 'Concussion' scenes to avoid angering NFL

Ryan Clark: Trent Richardson is 'worst RB of all time'

Report: David Feherty won't be back at CBS Sports

Warren Moon: RG3 needs to start taking the blame

Lovullo: I don’t see Hanley Ramirez playing left field again in 2015

Judge Berman’s one-sentence order repeats Deflategate decision timeline

Harbaugh named starting QB but won't announce it

Ohio State downplays revenge talk ahead of Va. Tech rematch

WATCH: D-backs pitcher fails on quick pitch attempt

Ex-FSU WR Snoop Minnis trolls rival Florida in great way

Suspicous photo may lead to drug test for CC Sabathia

How the Houston Astros went from garbage to gold

Jack Eichel plans to move in with teammate Matt Moulson

Report: Bills GM 'went rogue’ in cutting Fred Jackson

Terrance Knighton irked by Redskins-Kardsashians comparison

Connor Cook on not being named Michigan State captain: 'It stinks'

Danny Amendola’s advice to those on roster bubble? ‘Control what you can’

Dallas Cowboys: Rookies to watch

Apple reportedly sought exclusive rights to new Bill Simmons podcast

Bengals 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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker