The Cincinnati Bengals have drafted fantastically well over the past number of years, arguably having one of the most talented rosters top to bottom. It does, however, make it difficult to hang on to everyone, and they entered the start of this first wave of free agency with a full quarter of their roster to potentially sign elsewhere. Therefore, the team’s priority was to secure a number of their own, rather than to look elsewhere for new additions to the roster. Wide receivers Marvin Jones (to the Lions) and Mohammed Sanu (expected to go to the Falcons), safety Reggie Nelson (multiple teams rumoured) and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (expected to go to the Vikings) are all either lost to other teams, or likely to be. They have managed to keep a hold of a few other key pieces though. The Bengals have spent big money to keep their other starting safety with George Iloka signing a $30 million five-year deal, that will earn him $18 million over the first three years of that contract. The deal puts him among the top tier of players, financially, in the NFL at his position. Cornerback Adam Jones will also return for a seventh season with the team, and potentially beyond after agreeing to a new three-year contract. He’s 32-years-old now, but playing at a high level; the veteran started 14 games last season, with 62 tackles, 12 passes defended, and 3 interceptions in a strong season for the Bengals defence. Another 32-year-old veteran in Eric Winston, who is also the president of the NFL players’ association, will stick around for another season after signing a one-year extension. Cincinnati have one of the top left tackles in the league in Andrew Whitworth, and drafted two young talented prospects in Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher, but wanted to hold on to the experience of Winston for another year. He’ll earn just over $1m in 2016.