Chiefs Free Agents 2022: Who the Cincinnati Bengals should target

The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs square in the AFC Championship on Sundays, which means that each team has a maximum of two games to play in the season.

As March 16 approaches, the Bengals will begin looking for players to sign in NFL free agency.

The Bengals will have plenty of cash to spend in the offseason. It’s a great position for a team playing in a conference championship.

According to Overthecap.com, the Bengals will have $59 million to spend on free agency. The other three teams playing this weekend have a total of $10 million.

If the Bengals spend their money wisely, they could become one of the best superbowl favorites in 2022.

As they prepare to face the Chiefs, here are some Kansas City players the Bengals could add in 2022.

Blake Bell, ET

While Blake Bell isn’t Kansas City’s tight end getting all the attention, he’s a solid contributor to their offense.

Appeared in 13 games for the Chiefs in 2021, he had just nine receptions for 87 yards, including three against the Bengals in Week 17.

While Bell wouldn’t get many passes from Joe Burrow if the Bengals signed him, he could help keep Burrow standing in the pocket. Bell’s greatest strength is that he is a strong pass blocker for the Chiefs.

That would make Bell a great addition to the Bengals offense, especially if they take a minimalist approach to improving the offensive line like they usually do.

The Bengals could sign Bell if they look to improve Drew Sample’s role. In 2021, Bell had a Pro Football Focus rating of 72.8. Sample never made it past 60 in his career.

Orlando Brown, OT

The Bengals could use another tackle, and Orlando Brown has been solid for the Ravens and Chiefs in his career.

In 2021, he committed seven penalties and gave up four sacks, but those are career highs for Brown. He generally keeps those numbers much lower, and 2021 was the only season he played on an attack that has struggled so hard to find its identity. Once the leaders have gathered, Browns‘ Penalties dropped, with just two after week 8.

The Bengals don’t have a long-term solution at right tackle. Riley Reiff’s contract will be up, and Isaiah Prince doesn’t seem to be the answer. Either the Bengals take a chance on Fred Johnson or D’Ante Smith, or they look elsewhere, like Brown.

Brown was originally a right tackle to start his career but slowly switched to the left side. If the Bengals signed Brown, would he play left tackle and move Jonah Williams to the right side?

Austin Blythe, C

Signing Blythe won’t be a sexy move, but it would fit with the Bengals’ modus operandi on the offensive line.

Blythe missed a lot of time in 2021 with a sports hernia and other injuries. But in every season he’s played significant time, he’s had fewer penalties than Trey Hopkins. In most cases, he also had fewer bags.

Hopkins was a great player for the Bengals and has a great history. But he will turn 30 before the 2022 season, and has been steadily declining in recent seasons.

The Bengals could leave Hopkins sooner rather than later, especially since they can save around $6 million by cutting him. But Blythe also has experience as a right guard, so it’s possible he’ll be signed to play there, as that spot is just as important as a question mark heading into the offseason.

Other Notable Free Agents

  • Jarran Reed, DL
  • Mike Remmers, OL
  • Daniel Sorensen, S.
  • Neighborhood Charvarius, BC
  • Mike Hughes, BC
  • Dorian O’Daniel, LB
  • Melvin Ingram, DE
  • Kyle Long, OL
  • Tyrant Mathieu, S
  • Ben Niemann, LB
  • Derrick Nnadi, DL
  • Michael Burton, FB

Check out all of the Chiefs’ impending free agents at Over The Cap and let us know which players you think the Bengals should target this year!

Christy J. Olson