Bengals’ approach with free agent Ryan Kerrigan makes sense ahead of draft

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Edge rusher Ryan Kerrigan visited the Cincinnati Bengals last Thursday and left without a deal.

And that might be a good thing.

Good as Kerrigan is (and he’s good with 96 sacks over 156 games as an all-timer for the Washington organization), the Bengals can afford to wait it out.

We don’t know why Kerrigan left without a deal. But the guessing game isn’t hard to play. Maybe the fit wasn’t right. Maybe at the age of 33, he merely wants to play the market some more. Maybe the Bengals just don’t want to commit yet. Don’t forget the cap — it maybe wasn’t an accident that a day later, the report about the Bengals getting trade calls for Giovani Bernard went public.

No matter what the reason, Kerrigan doesn’t appear to have the hottest market and as a whole, prices on free agents are starting to plummet. The Bengals could merely wait it out and use the veteran pass-rusher as a fall-back plan after the draft if they don’t get an edge rusher with an early pick.

So for those asking about the Kerrigan visit, we don’t know the why — but it’s safe to keep him in mind as the Bengals presumably work the patient approach.

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