The Cincinnati Bengals claimed ex West Virgina wide receiver Ka’raun White off waivers this past Tuesday. They will get a great look at him in mini-camp this weekend.
The Seattle Seahawks gave Ka’Raun White an undrafted free agent contract. It was a three-year 1.4 million dollar contract. He was able to go to their rookie mini-camp over the last weekend. After that weekend he was cut. The Cincinnati Bengals picked him up off waivers on Tuesday for the same contract. He will be participating in the Bengals rookie mini-camp this weekend.
Ka’Raun White is already from a family of stars that went to West Virgina. His brother, ex safety from West Virgina Kyzir White, got drafted from the LA Chargers in the fourth round of this year’s draft. His older brother Kevin White was a huge star wide receiver for the Mountaineers. He was a first rounder drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2015.
Ka’Raun White had a very impressive senior year. He raked in 61 catches for 1004 yards and 12 touchdowns. He would have had an even better campaign if West Virgina quarterback Will Grier had a healthy season. He is still very impressive.
He is 6’1 and weighs 205 pounds. He has very good speed and he has great upper body strength for a player his size. He gets sudden bursts of speed when he comes out of his routes. His speed and his precision on his routes give him a huge advantage. They used to call him “MR.HANDS”. It is very noticeable in this video.
Ka’Raun White looks like he wants to prove to the NFL that he should have been drafted. He will get that chance. The Bengals for the past several years huge competition at the wide receiver position. The one advantage to look for is his ability to get separation quickly on man to man coverage. He could have a very good chance to get a job.
Zach Green signs with the Cincinnati Bengals about a week ago. He is a former running back from Arizona. The Bengals have a stock pile of Rbs at the moment. The one thing that is great about Zach Green is he is a grinder. He is an old school work horse that can give any team 3 to 4 yards a carry each time out.
He wasn’t drafted basically because of his speed. He never goes sideline to sideline. He dominates between the tackles. Most NFL teams are looking for flash and he doesn’t have it. The thing he does have is a brutality to run over the first player he hits.
In Zach Green’s entire career, he carried the ball 157 times for 746 yards. That is a 4.8 average a carry. He scored 14 touchdowns with 11 coming from last season.
Here is his video. Watch as he dominates between the tackles.
Johnathan Hankins is the best defensive tackle on the market right now. In March he visited the Redskins and the Lions. He left without a contract. He signed a 27 million dollar contract last off-season and was due to be paid 4.5 million of his 8 million (guaranteed). The Colts were ready to transition to a 4-3 defense and already had four players on the defensive line that were still on rookie contracts. It was a cost-effective move. He was not cut for his massive ability.
Johnathan Hankins was known as a run stuffer from Ohio State. He was picked by the New York Giants in the second round of 2013 NFL draft. He recorded seven sacks that year. He never was known as a pass rusher so it was a great addition. He got injured in 2015 and came back to have another good season. He became a free agent last off-season. That’s where the Colts picked him up. He was picked up primarily as a run stuffer. He did that to a pleasurable degree.
Watch this video. He can’t be stopped off the line. He never gets pushed back.
This is what our money should go to. Dunlap has been showing signs of age. His production has been off compared to his counterpart Geno Atkins. They picked a rookie in Sam Hubbard to help out on the defensive line if Dunlap is gone. Hankins is one year past his rookie contract and the Bengals still have 9.6 million dollars of cap space. Next year the Bengals have an estimated 63 million in cap space. That is more than enough room to sign Hankins and to extend Atkins and Dennard’s contracts.
Three weeks ago Eric Reid had a visit with the Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown. The Bengals to this date is the only team to meet with him. Eric Reid safety, formerly of the 49ers was the first player to side with Colin Kaepernick during the protests with the kneeling of the anthem.
Before the visit Reid was asked if he would participate in anymore protests and he said no. He goes to the visit and was asked the same question by Mike Brown. Reid didn’t answer for he was shocked by the question. That turned Mike Brown off as he will prohibit any protest on his team.
Three weeks later with no other job offer, Eric Reid decides to file against the NFL. Was Mike Brown in the right or was he wrong? Eric Reid thinks because of the visit and being asked the question about protests caused him to not get a job anywhere else.
The bad thing is, collusion cases are not to easy to prove. Eric needs to prove that every owner is keeping him from a job and for the same reason. Mike Brown was the only owner that gave a visit. That right there only proves the owners don’t want a Db with mediocre skills. He needs more visits to even come up with a case.
This might cause a chain reaction. More players that protested that don’t have jobs will file. All it is doing is giving the sport bad publicity.
At the end of the day, this business is all about winning. There is a thought out there. Maybe Mike Brown is agreeing with all the other owners. Eric Reid is just not sellable to the market at this time. He really isn’t a guy to get when you are looking for talent at Lb to start. Reid might have this all wrong. No other franchise came to him to ask the question of protests. Those owners just know he isn’t a fit for any team at the moment.
This isn’t the first time a player had to retire because he had no work. It was because they weren’t fitting for the NFL. Try your hand in the canadian league.
Many teams are looking to snag Dez Bryant for a year at a cheaper price. These teams think they can get double teams off of their main receiver. Is there actually proof he can do that though? The Dallas Cowboys knew there wasn’t anything left in the tank.
The fact is the Cincinnati Bengals have one more goal in mind. That is to extend the three contracts that need to be dealt with on the defensive side of the ball. The Bengals do have almost 10 million in cap space left and can throw him a one year contract. Bryant hasn’t given the Bengals or any other team for that matter a reason to sign him.
He is getting older. He is starting to get impactful injures. Without using these excuses you can say he has always been a rough bodied receiver that can go after balls. He has no route tree knowledge. That is why at his older age he can’t shake off one on one coverage. He also has terrible hands.
Watch this video on how well his concentration is now.
His concentration is off. He quits on his routes. Dez is not a great presence in the locker room.
Do not look for Dez Bryant to join the Bengals. They already have nine wide receivers invited to camp. With a better offensive line Dalton will find his second receiver in this bunch. It could be Auden Tate.
With a week from the 2018 NFL draft, I compiled what each team in the AFC North did during free agency.
Cincinnati Bengals losses
- Russell Bodine Center to free agency
- Pat Sims DT to free agency
- Kevin Minter LB to free agency
- Jeremy Hill RB to free agency
- Eric Winston T to free agency
- Chris Smith DE to free agency
- Cedric Peerman RB to free agency
- Andre Smith T to free agency
- Adam Jones DB to free agency
- AJ McCarron QB to free agency
- Vontaze Burfict LB to suspension for 4 weeks
Cincinnati Bengals gains
- Bobby Hart T signed formerly with the New York Giants
- Chris Baker DE signed a one year contract formally from the Washington Redskins
- Cordy Glenn G traded from the Buffalo Bills plus exchanged first round picks and their 5 and 6 picks
- Tyler Eifert TE re-signed through 2018
- Kevin Huber P re-signed through 2020
- Preston Brown LB signed through 2018 formally from the Buffalo Bills
- Matt Barkley QB signed through 2019 formally from the Arizona Cardinals
The losses were expected losses. The big loss is Chris Smith but then gained Chris Baker. Every gain will have an immediate impact except for Hart and Barkley. They will be backups. The Bengals played free agency better than in past years.
Bengals Grade during free agency
Pittsburgh Steelers Losses
- William Gay DB got cut
- Robert Golden DB got cut
- Mike Mitchell DB got cut
- Sean Spence LB to free agency
- Mike Matthews Center to free agency
- Greg Ducre DB to free agency
- Eli Rodgers WR to free agency
- Chris Hubbard G to free agency
- Arthur Moats LB to free agency
- Antonio Crawford got cut
Pittsburgh Steelers gains
- Le’Veon Bell RB franchise tag
- Fitzgerald Toussaint RB re-signed through 2018
- Jon Bostic LB signed through 2019 formally from the Indianapolis Colts
- Morgan Burnett DB signed through 2020 formally from the Green Bay Packers
- Dan McCullers-Sanders DT re-signed through 2018
- Stevon Ridley RB re-signed through 2018
- Nat Berhe DB signed through 2018 formally from the New York Giants
- Justin Hunter WR re-signed through 2018
- Chris Boswell K re-signed through 2018
- Parker Collins Center signed through 2018 hasn’t played
- Larson Graham OL signed through 2018 formally from the Atlanta Falcons
- Joseph Cheek G signed through 2018 formally from the Kansas City Chiefs
The Steelers filled needs with their DB situation but they haven’t had much success. They made a move to recover from Ryan Shazier injury. They will need a lot of defensive help still on defense in the draft. They did fill some needs but could have done better.
Steelers grade during free agency is
The Cleveland Browns losses
- Marcus Martin Center to free agency
- Lavar Edwards DE to free agency
- Josh Keyes LB to free agency
- Joe Thomas T to retirement
- Isaiah Crowell RB to free agency
- Chris Barker G to free agency
- Zach Banner T cut
- Trevon Hartfield DB cut
- Sammie Coates WR cut
- Rick Ali’Ifua DE cut
- Josh Rounds RB cut
- Joseph Cheek G cut
- Jeremy Cash LB cut
- Collin Blevens DT cut
- B.W. Webb DB cut
- Max Bullough LB cut
- Matt Lengel TE cut
- Larry Pinkard WR cut
- Kelvin Taylor RB cut
- Gavin Escobar TE cut
- C.J. Smith CB cut
- Bug Howard WR cut
Cleveland Browns gains
- Tyrod Taylor QB gave up 3rd round draft choice to the Buffalo Bills
- Jarvis Landry WR gave up a $th round draft pick and a 2019 pick to the Miami Dolphins
- Jamie Meder DT re-signed through 2018
- Damarious Randall DB plus 2 picks in 2018 draft gave up Deshone Kizer
- Terrance Mitchell DB signed through 2020 from the Kansas City Chiefs
- T.J. Carrie DB signed through 2021 from the Oakland Raiders
- Donald Stephenson T signed through 2018 from the Denver Broncos
- Darren Fells TE signed through 2020 from the Detroit Lions
- Chris Smith DE signed through 2020 from the Cincinnati Bengals
- Chris Hubbard G signed through 2022 from the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Carlos Hyde RB signed through 2020 from the San Fransisco 49ers
- E.J. Gaines DB signed through 2018 from the Buffalo Bills
- Jeff Janis WR signed through 2018 from the Green Bay Packers
- Drew Stanton QB signed through 2019 from the Arizona Cardinals
- Jarvis Landry WR re-signed through 2023
- Matt Hazel WR re-signed through 2018
- Josh Gordon WR re-signed through 2018
- Danny Vitale FB re-signed through 2018
- Austin Reiter Center re-signed through 2018
As you can see the Cleveland Browns dumped out the trash and practically formed another team. They have a great receiver core and a versatile running back. Expect a huge splash in the draft also.
The Browns grade during free agency
The Baltimore Ravens losses
- Danny Woodhead RB retired
- Lardarius Webb DB cut
- Terrance West RB to free agency
- Steven Johnson LB to free agency
- Ryan Mallett QB to free agency
- Ryan Jensen Center to free agency
- Mike Wallace WR to free agency
- Michael Campanaro WR to free agency
- Luke Bowanko Center to free agency
- Jeremy Maclin WR cut
- Crockett Gillmore TE to free agency
- Brandon Boykin DB to free agency
- Benjanin Watson TE to free agency
- Austin Howard T to free agency
The Baltimore Ravens gains
- James Hurst T re-signed through 2021
- Vince Mayle WR re-signed through 2018
- Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB re-signed through 2018
- Quincy Adeboyejo WR re-signed through 2018
- Patrick Onwuasor DB re-signed through 2018
- Maurquice Shakir OL re-signed through 2018
- Matt Skura Center re-signed through 2018
- John Brown WR signed through 2018 from the Arizona Cardinals
- Alex Collins RB re-signed through 2018
- Michael Crabtree WR signed through 2020 from the Oakland Raiders
- Robert Griffin III QB signed through 2018 from the Cleveland Browns
The Ravens unloaded a lot of cap space and grabbed a few key players. They will need a spot on draft to fill a bunch of needs. They finally got a couple of talented receivers as long as Brown is healthy. Alex Collins was their bright spot to their offense.
The Baltimore Ravens grade through free agency is
Tomorrow I will run a few rounds for each team in the AFC North to see if each team will contribute big for their needs. There is a lot of reading in this post but it just gives you a look to see what team is doing what and how well they are doing it.
Dez Bryant was released by the Dallas Cowboys. His contract already had his guarantee paid so the Cowboys escaped with no dead cap. Bryant was set to get 16.5 million dollars because of being cut. The Cowboys cleared 8.5 in cap space. He is now a free agent giving clues that he wants to face the Cowboys twice a year.
Could he become a Bengal? Dez Bryant has three All-Pro years under his belt but the last three years have not been so kind to him. He missed the 1000 yard mark the last three years. He had an injury in 2015 and had a new Qb in Dak Prescott which derailed him. So is he a 30-year-old that is past his Prime or does he have enough for a gunslinger like Andy Dalton?
The answer is no. Yes he Bengals have been waiting for a reason to get Andy Dalton his 1 – 2 punch and Bryant will be cheaper than he was reportedly getting at Dallas. The best way to find Daltons 2nd go to guy is to continue to get young talented receivers.
Who knows. The Bengals might have the 2nd receiver already named John Ross.
He will be better suited to play in the NFC East. There are also reports that you might see him play with Jimmy G in San Fran. Plus there are lots of players trying to recruit him like this:
The Bengals should save this money for the extension of Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap.