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Postby elaine95 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:40 pm

The Bengals just re-signed Darqueze Dennard. Does this mean Kirkpatrick could be moved?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBABreaking NewsKeep track of the 2019 Bengals draft脳Could the Bengals move Dre Kirkpatrick?New ,89commentsThe Bengals just re-signed Darqueze Dennard. Does this mean Kirkpatrick could be moved?EDTShareTweetShareShareCould the Bengals move Dre Kirkpatrick?Aaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsOn Thursday afternoon, in the midst of the opening day of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Bengals advanced their top slot corner to the next round.The Bengals reached a one-year deal with Darqueze Dennard. This makes things interesting in the CB unit. The Bengals also signed slot corner B.W. Webb last week, so the room is getting more crowded.With William Jackson proving himself to be the best CB on the team, this makes us wonder who will start across from him. Could it be Dennard? What should the Bengals do with incumbent Dre Kirkpatrick? What should the Bengals do with him?The short answer is, he’s getting paid too much to do anything but start. He doesn’t play like it often, but he’s getting paid like the NFL’s top CBs. His average salary is higher than that of Aqib Talib and Richard Sherman. As the 13-highest paid CB in the NFL, he’s starting for the Bengals as long as he’s under contract.But what if he wasn’t under contract?According to Sportrac.com, the Bengals could cut Kirkpatrick this season for only $4.2 million. This move would save them $5.353 million in salary and bonuses this season, plus the additional $9.85 million they would be paying him in 2020 and 2021.Kirkpatrick’s cap hit this season will be $10,953,125 in 2019 and $11,250 ,000 in 2020 and 2021. His dead cap steadily decreases from $4.2 million to $2.8 million to $1.4 million, so the Bengals could easily cut him any time during the next three years.The Bengals will also need to negotiate a new deal for Jackson, whose current contract will expire next offseason. So trimming the fat off of Kirkpatrick’s deal could help make some more room for the CB who is clearly the best in the organization.The Bengals could trade him, but they wouldn’t get nearly the same level pick that used to draft him. Then again, trading him for a 3rd round pick (which is overly optimistic, they would probably only get something lower) would be better than cutting him for nothing in return. But if the Bengals follow their standard procedure, they will let Kirkpatrick play out his contract, let him walk, and collect the compensatory pick.So the Bengals could trade him or cut him (which would be more likely), but should they?Not right away.While Kirkpatrick surely doesn’t play to the level he is paid, he is still the second-best boundary on the Bengals roster. Parting ways with Kirkpatrick would only work if they acquired a CB with similar talent and payed him less than they’re currently paying Kirkpatrick.It would make sense to get rid of Kirkpatrick, but then the Bengals would have to follow up with other moves to replace him.Dennard could move to the boundary, but he is better suited as a slot corner. His replacement in the slot would be B.W. Webb , who has been wildly inconsistent over the course of his career.Or, the Bengals could put KeiVarae Russell or Tony McRae on the boundary, but they have been primarily special teams players. Their sample size at CB is small, but they don’t stand out as Opening Day starters for next season.The Bengals should keep Kirkpatrick for at least one more season, since they seem to have no intention of signing a CB and there are few stand-out CBs in the draft. After that, the Bengals should look at the type of CBs that are available via free agency for the draft, and weigh their options from there.As far as this year is concerned, the Bengals could conceivably move on from Kirkpatrick, but they probably won’t. The Dennard signing doesn’t represent any threat to Kirkpatrick’s employment status. The Bengals running back room just got a lot bigger, and this is a very good sign." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCincy Junglea Cincinnati Bengals communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryBengalsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBABengals show understanding of roster construction with selection of 2 running backsNew,60commentsThe Bengals running back room just got a lot bigger, and this is a very good sign.EDTShareTweetShareShareBengals show understanding of roster construction with selection of 2 running backsPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesJoe Mixon had an excellent year running the football in 2018. He is a patient runner who can find cutback lanes in zone schemes, but has the power to convert in short yardage situations. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield , but was not trusted in pass protection last season. That is where Giovani Bernard came in handy. Bernard lacks size, but is a shifty back with speed and is a talented pass catcher. He was always on the field at the end of the game, when it mattered most because of his skill as a pass blocker.Both Mixon and Bernard are skilled backs, but they possess different sets of skills. Bernard’s ability to protect the quarterback sets him apart while Mixon (who is 6-1 220 compared to Bernard’s 5-9 205) is more of the workhorse.When Mixon missed some time last season, the Bengals struggled because Bernard could not do the things that the team had been asking of Mixon. At the same time, with Bernard out of the lineup, Mixon struggled to fill his role. That is why in the 2019 NFL Draft the Bengals selected not one, but two running backs.First, they took Trayveon Williams from Texas A&M. Williams is the same size as Bernard and despite that perceived disadvantage, he was actually used as a workhorse for the Aggies in 2018. Williams exceeded 2,000 yards from scrimmage on 271 carries and 27 receptions; finding the end zone a total of 19 times as well. He is also perhaps the best pass protector in the draft, and coming from Texas A&M, he has familiarity with the pass-blocking schemes new offensive line coach Jim Turner favors.29 picks later , Cincinnati selected Rodney Anderson from Oklahoma. Playing for the Sooners is not the only thing Anderson has in common with Mixon. Anderson shares Mixon’s size and ability to run for power. He is also patient and sees cutbacks on zone runs. He can catch balls out of the backfield but struggles in pass protection. The Bengals realize that Mixon and Bernard both play important roles and that neither can truly fill in the other’s shoes, so they went out and got a backup for each. Think of it like this: Mixon is RB1a and Bernard is RB1b. Both will play a role in games, but if one goes down, the other’s role will not change substantially. Instead, if Mixon has to miss some time they will call on their RB2a, Anderson. If Bernard can not go on a given week, then RB2b, Williams, will get the call.This shows that the Bengals understand their roster and that just because two players play the same position, doesn’t mean they can do the same things. It also may point to an increased role for Bernard this season. Perhaps Mixon and Bernard will be on the field together in a Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara style, with one lined up out of the backfield. One can only hope that the Bengals will make moves like this that result in their best players on the field at the same time.
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