We’ve spent the past couple of weeks evaluating Cincinnati Bengals players with names like Whitworth, LaFell, Kirkpatrick, and Zeitler, among others. The purpose? To make the call on whether these free agents will suit up for Cincy next fall. They are some of the biggest names to watch, but they ain’t the only ones. Let’s take a look at two others to keep an eye on this offseason.
6. Eric Winston (offensive tackle) – The 11-year NFL veteran has done a nice job over the past 3 seasons with the Bengals. The team brass has thought the same thing. They originally signed Winston to a one-year deal in late 2014 and keep bringing him back. Another one-year deal could happen again, but if it does, Winston might be filling the backup role. In fact, the Cincinnati Bengals’ decision to re-sign Winston in any capacity will probably be determined by how things shake out with Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. Ya gotta think we’d be able to keep at least one, which would leave enough room for Winston for one more year. Re-sign (yep or nope): Yep
7. Cedric Peerman (running back) – Peerman has been an extremely valuable special teams player during his time in Cincy. He didn’t get a chance to prove himself in 2016 at running back, though, after suffering an arm injury during the preseason. Further clouding Peerman’s future with the Cincinnati Bengals is the depth of this year’s running back class in the draft. We’re talking Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, D’Onta Foreman, and Joe Mixon, to name a few. We doubt the Bengals will retain Peerman’s services. They have the chance to get fresh legs and someone to compliment Rex Burkhead in the backfield. It’s too good of an opportunity to pass up. Re-sign (yep or nope): Nope