Joe Mixon did not let another well-known free agent slip under the radar of the Bengals. He tweeted to the team after former Buccaneers defender Gerald McCoy had released.
The defense line in Cincinnati is not a cause for concern, but it is certainly a position that could be improved. Their two current defensive attacks are Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings.
McCoy would be, if possible, a nice addition to Atkins, a two-time All-Pro member and a seven-time Pro Bowlers. McCoy completed 17 tackles and six sacks in 17 games last season.
If he were added, McCoy would replace Billings. Last season, he secured 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks in Billings 1
Although McCoy clearly showed better numbers in 2018, it should be noted that Billings is seven years younger and was created in 2016 with the Bengali quarter-final pick. McCoy's current (now former) salary was $ 13 million. Mike Brown, who is not known as a major donor, would probably not give McCoy what the market could offer. Billings makes less than $ 750,000.
Andrew Brown, Ryan Glasgow, Josh Tupou and Renell Wren are also listed as defensive tackles, so the Bengals are certainly not short of bodies. Five of the six have played less than five seasons in the league.
It would not be a bad idea to add an experienced player like McCoy if he could keep up with the younger, more energetic players.
In the 2018 SB National Defense Ranking, the Bengals were included in the section "The Need to Invest Resources for Resolving this Problem." Let's just say: you have not fixed it yet. McCoy may not be the solution, but it could be a start.