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Cincinnati Bengals

Impact moves: Even with a ton of salary cap space, the Bengals were prudent with their free-agent signings. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England), cornerback Jason Allen (Houston) and guard Jacob Bell (St. Louis) top the list.

Significant losses: Two members of the defensive line rotation — Frostee Rucker (Cleveland) and Jonathan Fanene (New England) — departed, but the Bengals lined up veteran replacements by signing former top 10 picks Jamaal Anderson and Derrick Harvey.

Top draft need: The Bengals haven’t drafted a safety in the first round since Daryl Williams in 1992. Alabama’s Mark Barron could end that streak. Wide receiver is also high on the priority list for a team with two first-round draft choices thanks to the trade that sent quarterback Carson Palmer to Oakland.

Analysis: The Bengals upgraded their roster while also maintaining enough cap space to extend the contracts of their best young players.

Grade: B+
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

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