Friday, March 16, 2012
Poll: Most disappointing free agency start
By Jamison Hensley
So, your AFC North team hasn't lived up to expectations in the first couple of days in free agency. I hear you fans from Cincinnati, Cleveland and Baltimore. For those in Pittsburgh, you're used to taking a fan vacation during this time, because the Steelers rarely do much in free agency.
It's now time for you to vent. Let is all out. Put all your frustration into slamming that keyboard as you vote in today's poll: Which AFC North team has had the most disappointing start in free agency?
The Bengals have more cap room than the other three teams in the division combined. But they don't have a starting running back, a No. 2 wide receiver or any quality guards.
The Browns have made some solid signings with defensive end Frostee Rucker and cornerback Dimitri Patterson, but they have ignored the team's biggest weakness -- the offense that rarely scored more than 17 points in 2011. Cleveland doesn't have a proven running back, a speedy wide receiver or a starting right tackle.
The Ravens have lost the most starters in the division since free agency began, parting ways with guard Ben Grubbs, linebacker Jarret Johnson and defensive end Cory Redding. A fourth starter could be added to the list as linebacker Jameel McClain is visiting Denver.
And finally, there's the Steelers, who released a good chunk of their veteran depth before free agency, and can't do anything to address that because of paltry salary-cap space. It would've been nice to upgrade the offensive line, add a veteran running back, or sign a nose tackle in free agency.
Go ahead and register your vote, or let me know what you think in the comments section below. I'll follow up by Monday.