Offseason INT: Cincinnati Bengals

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Phil Gentile

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OFFSEASON INT is a feature in which we isolate three players from an opposing team's roster, present the pros and cons of stealing them away and adding them to the Ravens roster -- yep, flat out stealing, not trading for -- and attempt to find a consensus as to which of those three players #RavensNation would prefer. This week we stay in the AFC North and highlight the Cincinnati Bengals. 

(Props to the guys at Red Porch Report for giving us this idea with their weekly offseason Caught Stealing post.)


Vontaze Burfict, Linebacker


In 2012, many NFL Draft pundits were predicting Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict to be a 1st round pick, some even predicting he'd land here in Baltimore. Character concerns and off the field issues caused him to not only fall out of the 1st round but he went completely undrafted. The Bengals gave him a chance and all he's done since is lead the team in tackles two years in a row. Burfict is still a little rough around the edges but he plays the game with passion and seems to be involved with every tackle.



A.J. Green, Wide Receiver

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Easy choice here. One of the best receivers in the game and he's only 25 years old. His receptions have increased every year he's been in the league and he has hauled in 29 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons. Might not be in the same class as Megatron but he right behind him as far as talented NFL receivers go. A.J. Green is one of the rare receivers that you can build an offense around. A duo of the Georgia alum and Torrey Smith would be virtually unstoppable. 


Geno Atkins, Defensive Tackle


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At just 25 years old, Geno Atkins is one of the premier interior defensive linemen in the NFL. He has 29 sacks in his first four seasons and the Bengals defense held opposing offenses to 96.5 rushing yards per game in 2013. Despite coming off an ACL injury, I'd love to see Atkins in the middle of the Ravens defensive line for the next decade, especially after the inconsistent play of Haloti Ngata over the last couple seasons.



Which of these three players would you want the Ravens to steal from the Cincinnati Bengals?

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Free Agency Preview: Offensive Tackle

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