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LondonBengal


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:07 am    Post subject: Bengals drafting & contract strategy. Reply with quote

Difficult to argue with the 'success' The Bengals have had over the last decade in drafting better than most. Seen some numbers recently that the Bengals have been the best in the NFL at retaining their draft classes, and the number of game snaps they get out of their picks.

The trick of course is to turn that 'success' in drafting into winning games when it matters.

What concerns me some, is The Bengals 'double-dipping' with high picks at one position, so their contracts expire in the same year, with holes suddenly appearing in the roster.

We saw it last year with losing Jones/Sanu, we saw it this year with losing Whit/KZ, and this year we have seen it with 2 DE's taken close, so if they work out, Lawson and Willis deals will expire together.

Here's the question. Do you think The Bengals FO does a good enough job of 'staggering' contracts, so we avoid losing multiple veterans at one position in the same year in the future, or is this just inevitable ?
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 7:27 am    Post subject: Re: Bengals drafting & contract strategy. Reply with quote

LondonBengal wrote:
Difficult to argue with the 'success' The Bengals have had over the last decade in drafting better than most. Seen some numbers recently that the Bengals have been the best in the NFL at retaining their draft classes, and the number of game snaps they get out of their picks.

The trick of course is to turn that 'success' in drafting into winning games when it matters.

What concerns me some, is The Bengals 'double-dipping' with high picks at one position, so their contracts expire in the same year, with holes suddenly appearing in the roster.

We saw it last year with losing Jones/Sanu, we saw it this year with losing Whit/KZ, and this year we have seen it with 2 DE's taken close, so if they work out, Lawson and Willis deals will expire together.

Here's the question. Do you think The Bengals FO does a good enough job of 'staggering' contracts, so we avoid losing multiple veterans at one position in the same year in the future, or is this just inevitable ?


Thy do a good job of it. It shouldn't matter what position a guy plays. Either you keep him or you move on. This year alone, we will have 10 guys from this rookie class have expiring deals simultaneously. It doesn't matter that two of them are DEs. If not for the fifth year option, we'd have 2 WRs again.

It's more indicative of what positions were deep in a given draft class.
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Jason_Bengal_Fl


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Bengals drafting & contract strategy. Reply with quote

LondonBengal wrote:
Difficult to argue with the 'success' The Bengals have had over the last decade in drafting better than most. Seen some numbers recently that the Bengals have been the best in the NFL at retaining their draft classes, and the number of game snaps they get out of their picks.

The trick of course is to turn that 'success' in drafting into winning games when it matters.

What concerns me some, is The Bengals 'double-dipping' with high picks at one position, so their contracts expire in the same year, with holes suddenly appearing in the roster.

We saw it last year with losing Jones/Sanu, we saw it this year with losing Whit/KZ, and this year we have seen it with 2 DE's taken close, so if they work out, Lawson and Willis deals will expire together.

Here's the question. Do you think The Bengals FO does a good enough job of 'staggering' contracts, so we avoid losing multiple veterans at one position in the same year in the future, or is this just inevitable ?


Whit and Zeitler were drafted several years apart. Had nothing to do with double dipping. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Bengals drafting & contract strategy. Reply with quote

Jason_Bengal_Fl wrote:
LondonBengal wrote:
Difficult to argue with the 'success' The Bengals have had over the last decade in drafting better than most. Seen some numbers recently that the Bengals have been the best in the NFL at retaining their draft classes, and the number of game snaps they get out of their picks.

The trick of course is to turn that 'success' in drafting into winning games when it matters.

What concerns me some, is The Bengals 'double-dipping' with high picks at one position, so their contracts expire in the same year, with holes suddenly appearing in the roster.

We saw it last year with losing Jones/Sanu, we saw it this year with losing Whit/KZ, and this year we have seen it with 2 DE's taken close, so if they work out, Lawson and Willis deals will expire together.

Here's the question. Do you think The Bengals FO does a good enough job of 'staggering' contracts, so we avoid losing multiple veterans at one position in the same year in the future, or is this just inevitable ?


Whit and Zeitler were drafted several years apart. Had nothing to do with double dipping. Smile


Yes I know they were.

The point I'm making is that The Bengals knew they weren't chasing Zeitler, but let Whitworth walk when they could have tagged him one more year. We now have a very inexperienced high-risk looking OL that faces BAL and HOU first up.

Is it smart to let 2 veterans at the same position group walk in the same off-season when you could avoid it by staggering contracts and lowering exposure to inexperienced guys ?
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