Bengals' 2014 road foes and the offseason

April, 11, 2014
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For some teams, this has been a busy offseason, full of major moves and mega spending.

Others, like the Cincinnati Bengals, haven't made quite as big a free-agency splash. But they, too, have still addressed personnel needs that should get them spending well within the cap limit, and putting on the field players they believe will make their clubs better.

While the NFL has not yet released the 2014 regular-season schedule, we do already have an idea of who the Bengals will be playing and where. They have inter-conference matchups with the NFC South this fall, as well as games with the AFC South and fellow 2013 AFC division winners Denver and New England. The final six games on the schedule will comprise the traditional home and road tilts against the rest of the AFC North.

The league's full schedule with dates and times is expected to be announced later this month.

In the meantime, let's take a quick look back at some of the moves that defined the offseason for the Bengals' 2014 opponents. We began Thursday with the teams on the Bengals' home slate. The Friday breakdown dissects Cincinnati's road opponents, and Saturday's explores the rest of the AFC North.

Houston Texans
*New coach, Bill O'Brien
Additions: S Chris Clemons (UFA from Miami); RB Andre Brown (UFA from New York Giants); S Kendrick Lewis (UFA from Kansas City); DT Jerrell Powe (UFA from Kansas City); QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (cut by Tennessee)
Losses: DT Earl Mitchell (UFA, signed with Miami); DE Antonio Smith (UFA, signed with Oakland); DB Danieal Manning (cut, signed with Cincinnati); TE Owen Daniels (cut, signed with Baltimore); OT Andrew Gardner (UFA, signed with Philadelphia); LB Darryl Sharpton (UFA, signed with Washington); RB Ben Tate (UFA, signed with Cleveland); LB Bryan Braman (UFA, signed with Philadelphia); WR Lestar Jean (UFA, signed with Minnesota); LB Joe Mays (UFA, signed with Kansas City); CB Brice McCain (cut, signed by Pittsburgh); DT Terrell McClain (UFA, signed with Dallas)
Re-signed players: TE Garrett Graham (UFA); CB Elbert Mack (UFA); LB Ricky Sapp (RFA)

Indianapolis Colts
Additions: C Phil Costa (cut by Dallas); LB D'Qwell Jackson (cut by Cleveland); DE Arthur Jones (UFA from Baltimore); WR Hakeem Nicks (UFA from New York Giants)
Losses: S Antoine Bethea (UFA, signed with San Francisco); RB Donald Brown (UFA, signed with San Diego); LB Kavell Conner (UFA, signed with San Diego); WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (UFA, signed with Pittsburgh); RB Tashard Choice (cut); OT Jeffrey Linkenbach (UFA, signed with Kansas City); CB Cassius Vaughn (UFA, signed with Detroit); WR Deion Branch (cut); DT Jake McDonough (cut); OL Mike McGlynn (UFA, signed with Washington); C Samson Satele (cut)
Re-signed players: P Pat McAfee (UFA); CB Vontae Davis (UFA); S Sergio Brown (UFA); DE Fili Moala (UFA); K Adam Vinatieri (UFA); RB Ahmad Bradshaw (UFA)

New England Patriots
Additions: CB Darrelle Revis (cut by Tampa Bay); WR Brandon LaFell (UFA from Carolina); S Patrick Chung (UFA from Philadelphia); CB Brandon Browner (UFA from Seattle); LS Charley Hughlett (UFA from Dallas)
Losses: CB Aqib Talib (UFA, signed by Broncos); RB LeGarrette Blount (UFA, signed by Pittsburgh); LB Dane Fletcher (UFA, signed by Tampa Bay); LB Brandon Spikes (UFA, signed by Buffalo); S Steve Gregory (cut); DT Cory Grissom (cut, signed by Kansas City); RB Sam McGuffie (cut); WR T.J. Moe (cut); TE Matthew Mulligan (UFA, signed by Chicago); LB Taylor Reed (cut); DT Isaac Sopoaga (cut); S Adrian Wilson (cut); OL Markus Zusevics (cut)
Re-signed players: WR Julian Edelman (UFA); TE Michael Hoomanawanui (UFA); OL Ryan Wendell (UFA); LS Danny Aiken (RFA)

New Orleans Saints
Additions: S Jairus Byrd (UFA from Buffalo); CB Champ Bailey (cut by Denver); FB Erik Lorig (UFA from Tampa Bay)
Losses: OT Charles Brown (UFA, signed by New York Giants); C Brian De La Puente (UFA, signed by Chicago); CB Jabari Greer (cut); S Roman Harper (cut, signed by Carolina); LB Will Smith (cut); RB Lance Moore (cut, signed by Pittsburgh); FB Jed Collins (UFA, signed by Detroit); S Malcolm Jenkins (UFA, signed by Philadelphia); DE Tom Johnson (UFA, signed by Minnesota)
Re-signed players: TE Jimmy Graham (franchise-tagged); LB Parys Haralson (UFA); QB Luke McCown (UFA); K Shayne Graham (UFA); LB Ramon Humber (UFA); WR Joe Morgan (UFA); OT Zach Strief (UFA); S Rafael Bush (RFA)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*New coach, Lovie Smith
Additions: C Evan Dietrich-Smith (UFA from Green Bay); DE Michael Johnson (UFA from Cincinnati); OT Anthony Collins (UFA from Cincinnati); DT Clinton McDonald (UFA from Seattle); DB Alterraun Verner (UFA from Tennessee); QB Josh McCown (UFA from Chicago); LB Dane Fletcher (UFA from New England); CB Mike Jenkins (UFA from Oakland); TE Brandon Myers (UFA from New York Giants); S Major Wright (UFA from Chicago); WR Lavelle Hawkins (UFA from San Diego); LS Jeremy Cain (UFA from Chicago); Oniel Cousins (UFA from Cleveland); WR Louis Murphy (UFA from New York Giants)
Losses: CB Darrelle Revis (cut, signed by New England); OL Gabe Carimi (cut, signed by Atlanta); LB Adam Hayward (UFA, signed by Washington); C Ted Larson (UFA, signed by Arizona); OT Donald Penn (cut, signed by Oakland); WR Tiquan Underwood (UFA, signed by Carolina); OG Davin Joseph (cut); RB Michael Hill (cut, signed by Green Bay); DT Derek Landri (cut); FB Erik Lorig (UFA, signed by New Orleans); QB Dan Orlovsky (UFA, signed by Detroit); LB Dekoda Watson (UFA, signed by Jacksonville)
Re-signed players: LB Jonathan Casillas (UFA); OT Jamon Meredith (UFA); CB Danny Gorrer (UFA)

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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