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Bengals lead NFL in cap space, but they haven’t spent a nickel

Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn, A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown, left, and executive vice president Katie Blackburn watch the NFL football team’s first practice behind number one draft pick A.J. Green (18), Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Georgetown, Ky. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


The Bengals entered free agency with the league’s most salary cap space, but they haven’t acquired a single unrestricted free agent since the signing period began last Tuesday.

On Friday, the Bengals announced that they hosted cornerbacks Jason Allen and Tracy Porter, and defensive end Jamaal Anderson at team headquarters.

So far, we’ve counted those three players, defensive linemen Kendall Langford and Andre Fluellen, guard Jacob Bell, and cornerback Aaron Ross as free agents who’ve visited the Bengals. Next Monday, they will host running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Michael Bush. Former Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman was also rumored to be visiting the Bengals, and tight end Kellen Davis had a Bengals visit scheduled before re-signing with Chicago.

That’s 11 guys. Zero signings.

Meanwhile, the Bengals have lost offensive linemen Mike McGlynn (Colts) and Nate Livings (Cowboys), while defensive linemen Frostee Rucker (Browns) and Jonathan Fanene (Patriots) have also moved on.

The Bengals are apparently trying to give off the impression that they’re being aggressive in free agency. But they’re not acquiring anyone, and they’re not even trying to keep their own.