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Assessing the Cincinnati Bengals’ Decision on Joe Mixon: Impact of Upcoming Roster Deadline and Free Agent Market Dynamics

The Cincinnati Bengals face a crucial decision regarding Joe Mixon by March 18th, as his $3 million roster bonus for 2024 will become guaranteed. While this may appear inconsequential, it effectively ties the team to keeping him on the roster, as releasing him won’t yield significant cap savings.

The possibility of acquiring a replacement like Aaron Jones from the Green Bay Packers could influence the Bengals’ decision-making process. The Packers are confronting a similar situation with Jones, whose hefty $17 million cap hit for the upcoming season may not align with current NFL trends. Despite having a young roster, Green Bay could allocate this cap space to a veteran player in a more impactful position.

The running back market is expected to be saturated, with notable names like Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Tony Pollard, and Austin Ekeler set to become free agents. While some may secure lucrative contracts, others might struggle to find suitors.

Aaron Jones’ performance in 2023 was hampered by missing six games, resulting in lower production compared to 2022. However, his impressive average of 5.2 yards per touch demonstrates his effectiveness. Notably, Jones excelled in the postseason, showcasing his ability to contribute significantly to the Packers’ offense.

Despite his strengths, Jones may not provide a substantial upgrade in pass-blocking, an area where Mixon falls short. While Jones holds a higher pass-blocking grade, his limited pass-blocking snaps suggest it’s not his forte. Should the Bengals opt to move on from Mixon, they’ll seek a back better equipped to protect Joe Burrow.

Even if the Bengals don’t pursue Jones, his availability in free agency expands their options for finding a suitable replacement for Mixon at a reasonable cost.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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