I was doing my job with one heartbeat when I said to myself, "Self, now is the time to recap what the Bengals have done in the offseason.'' Here goes:
Refused to trade C. Johnson, forcing Ocho either to (1) sit out the season or (2) come in ticked off and immediately begin sharing his displeasure with the world. You think he ran bad routes last year...
Kicked off the team their leading tackler from '05, let go their leading tackler from '08.
Kicked off the team their best deep threat.
Let go Madieu Williams and Justin Smith.
Target a couple free agent D-linemen, miss on both.
Get outmaneuvered for Sedrick Ellis in Round 1 of the draft.
Slap a franchise tag on a semi-starter at tackle. Meantime, the guy who arguably should have had that tag earned Pro Bowl alternate status in Cleveland. And the current starter at left tackle wants to be traded.
Have lots of important veteran leaders show everyone the Bengal Way, by blowing off team-building activities like offseason practices.
Now, I can't wait for training camp.