The team lineup hasn’t changed much for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2023 – a team that surprised the NFL world in 2021 by making it to the Super Bowl
Quarterback Joe Burrow continues to have the trio of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd as his reliable receiving options. The team’s primary focus seems to be on preserving this potent passing combination for the foreseeable future.
While they have begun the process of allowing some surplus talent to depart through free agency, the team has also adeptly replenished and enhanced crucial areas, showcasing their commitment to advancement.
Key Bengals Departures
Notably two veteran safeties, Bates and Bell have left the team:
- Jessie Bates (safety)
- Vonn Bell (safety)
- Samaje Perine (running back)
- Hayden Hurst (tight end)
Key Bengals Team Additions
- Orlando Brown Jr (offensive tackle)
- Irv Smith Jr (tight end)
- Chase Brown (running back)
- Myles Murphy (defensive end)
- Nick Scott (safety)
- Jordan Battle (safety)
- Sidney Jones IV (corner back)
The Bengals’ key offseason addition Chase Brown will step in as a significant left tackle. He excels in pass protection and brings a game-changing dimension with his exceptional run-blocking prowess. Brown’s versatile skill set from Illinois equips him for the challenge, and it expected thbat his presence will transform the offense, forcing teams that defended against the passing attack to contend with his opening of lanes for Joe Mixon and his teammates.
Rookie running back Brown is set to vie with Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans for the backup role behind Mixon with the Bengals.
Smith Jr aims to take over Hurst’s role from the previous season. Despite a challenging stint with the Minnesota Vikings, marked by injuries and drops, he’s determined to prove himself beyond his previous performance. Following in Hurst’s footsteps, Smith might earn a rewarding free agency deal thanks to Burrow’s tight end utilization.
Shifting to defensive additions, Scott, Battle, and last year’s top draft pick, Daxton Hill will look to fill any safety void. While lacking meaningful Bengals’ playtime, their impact remains uncertain until the 2023/2024 regular season begins.
Zac Taylor is head coach for 2023, working with linebacker coach James Bettcher and a talented team of staff and assistants.
Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo’s return instills confidence in the defense. He consistently bewilders opposing quarterbacks with innovative tactics. His adaptable players possess the speed to disrupt plays across the field.
Cincinnati Bengals - Player Salary Cash Rankings
|Orlando Brown Jr.||CIN||LT||$33,723,000|