James Rapien

James Rapien

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Re-signing Andrew Whitworth isn't guaranteed

The Bengals will have some big decisions to make in the next few weeks. Should they re-sign their "Big 3?" I say yes, while others say no. It does sound like most people believe Andrew Whitworth will be back in Cincinnati and I'm not sure why? If you were Whitworth, would you be open to leaving Cincinnati? 

I think Whitworth will consider other offers. Yes, he may have to learn a new system. Something tells me he would be open to that if the right team is interested. What if Bill Belichick calls and offers him the same amount of money as the Bengals? What if Seattle reaches out? The Bengals could contend next season, but there are other teams that are definitely in "win-now" mode who could use his services. 

I'm guessing Whitworth is in "win-now" mode. He's 35-years-old and may have one or two years left. If I'm him, I want to know what the Bengals plan on doing this offseason before I re-sign. Why would he want to stay in Cincinnati just to underachieve for a second-straight season? 

Regardless of what happens in free agency, there's no doubt about Whitworth's ability. He's still one of the best left tackles in the NFL. 

Here's an in-depth look at Bengals' free agency. 

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com believes they will stand by Jeremy Hill and could lose Kevin Zeitler. 

Pro Football Focus' latest mock draft would be ideal for the Bengals. 

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