Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. The most significant difference in winning this year compared to last years 7-9 season was playing hard ball in Free Agency. The Eagles picked up Quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016 but had no weapons for him to create his magic. This year was different.
During the 2017 off-season, the Eagles picked up one of the most talked about Free Agents from the Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery. He was an instant weapon for Carson. They noticed they needed to get back a solid running game so they picked up RB LeGarrette Blount. Then to top off their offensive weapons they went to WR Torrey Smith formally from the 49ers. They lost some key defensive players in Free Agency (DE Connor Barwin, NT Bennie Logan, CB Nolan Carroll, CB Leodis McKelvin), so they picked up upgrades (DE Chris Long , DT Timmy Jernigan). The empty space they had they played a win in the draft.
Now the goal for Mike Brown is to replicate this if he is true that he wants a Super Bowl in two years with Marvin Lewis coaching. Before the obvious positions, the Bengals need a safety. Top names that are cheaper than what the Bengals should lose in the defensive backfield (Adam Jones) that have talent left are T.J. Ward of the Tampa Bay Bucs and Tyvon Branch and the Arizona Cardinals. The Bengals also need a Line Backer. Tahir Whitehead from the Detroit Lions and Nigel Bradham from the Philadelphia Eagles are the best active in the bunch.
The biggest problem for the Bengals still remain and that’s of course the offensive line. If they dump Cedric Ogbuehi and Russell Bodine, they can pick up Nate Solder of the New England Patriots. The two best as a cheaper route i suggested before is Andrew Norwell and Ryan Jensen. If they dump contracts in the right places they can try to get all three.
All of this can be done as long as Mike Brown is up to the challenge of emptying his wallet but then again if he does it right he will still have cap space left. Mike Brown has already done changes in the coaching area in a way he doesn’t do as he went outside of the organization to do it. Maybe it’s time for him to dominate the free agency. Keep in mind free agency is the first game that needs to be played. there will be owners that are used to opening their wallets that Brown has to face.