NFL Free Agency starts on March 9th, and the next few days will feature several Cincinnati Bengals rumors. While free agency doesn't officially start until Wednesday, the league has "legal tampering" days leading up to the start of the new team year, meaning teams can discuss contracts with any player - although a deal can't be signed until Wednesday. With that in mind, here are a few of the more interesting rumors and news tidbits on the Bengals.
Bengals want key free agents back
The Cincinnati Bengals let both safety George Iloka and wideout Marvin Jones hit the free agency market, but they're intent on re-signing both of them, reports NFL Network's Albert Breer.
My sense is the priority guys for the Bengals are S George Iloka and WR Marvin Jones. I'm told there's about $15M here budgeted for UFAs.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 8, 2016
The Lions, Vikings, and Giants are all also pursuing Iloka, and Jones has received interest from both the Lions and Vikings.
Vikings Reached Out To Vincent Rey?
LB Vincent Rey is also drawing interest from Minnesota.
#Vikings have reached out to representative of Cincinnati free-agent linebacker Vincent Rey. Vikings need an LB and Mike Zimmer coached him— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 7, 2016
Rey isn't the best LB on the Bengals' roster, but he's played solidly throughout his time. While the Bengals do have Paul Dawson ready to take on a bigger role, they'd surely like to keep Rey.
Adam Jones And Ravens?
The Bengals could even lose a key defensive back to another AFC North team. ProFootballTalk reports the Baltimore Ravens are interested in Adam Jones, joining a long list of teams. Jones is generating interest from nearly every team that need a CB, outside of the Steelers.