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Help at OT or LB? Free agent market doesn’t present Bengals with many options

Every Bengals’ fan knows exactly what it is going to take to turn the season around: an instinctual, speedy, sure-tackling linebacker who can cover running backs and tight ends, and a road-grading offensive tackle. But are either one out there for the taking?

Let’s take a look.

According to, there are a limited number of linebackers and offensive tackles listed among the top-50 free agents still available. But do any of these fit Cincinnati’s needs?

The highest-rated linebacker on that list is former Packer outside linebacker Nick Perry. Perry was selected by the Packers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has all of the measurables the Bengals are looking for.