Podcast: Which Defensive Free Agents Could Cincinnati Bengals Target in 2024?

On the latest episode of the PFN Bengals Podcast, we discuss which defensive free agents Cincinnati could consider when the market opens next month.

The Cincinnati Bengals should have money to spend this offseason, even if they use a $20+ million franchise tag to retain free agent WR Tee Higgins. If the Bengals attempt to bring in a big-ticket item when the market opens in March, the club might target help on the defensive side of the ball after ranking dead last in yards per play allowed (6.0) in 2023.

PFN Bengals Podcast: Identifying Best Defensive Free Agent Fits

Defensive tackle may be the most intriguing area of Cincinnati’s roster heading into the offseason. DJ Reader is coming off a severe quad injury as he enters free agency, and his unclear health status might enable the Bengals to re-sign him.

But Reader isn’t the only DT option the Bengals might consider. While Chris Jones, Christian Wilkins, and Justin Madubuike are unlikely to be in the team’s price range, Cincinnati might think about free agents like Grover Stewart (Indianapolis Colts), Denico Autry (Tennessee Titans), Teair Tart (Houston Texans), and Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco 49ers).

While the Bengals will probably be looking for depth additions at defensive end, linebacker, and cornerback, could they contemplate a free agent safety if asking prices fall far enough?

The 2024 free agent safety class is extremely deep. If options like Jordan Whitehead, Jordan Fuller, Mike Edwards, and Brandon Jones don’t find the markets they’re looking for, Cincinnati could swoop in.

Plus, we discuss the latest on Higgins’ franchise tag, whether Joe Mixon will be cut, and if the Bengals can rebound to win the AFC North in 2024.

Cincinnati’s season may be over, but the PFN Bengals Podcast isn’t going anywhere.

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Follow along all offseason as we cover free agency and the 2024 NFL Draft in the coming months.

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