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Free agent wishlist: No. 9

Look at him. Isn't he dreamy?

Look at him. Isn’t he dreamy?

 

With free agency set to begin March 11, BengalsGab’s part-time blogger (he knows not to quit his day job) Florida Bengal is counting down his top 10 targets the Bengals could realistically acquire and should look at once free agency officially opens up.

Though he’s just 27 and has started at left guard for the Denver Broncos for the last three-and-a-half seasons, Zane Beadles is set to hit the open market in just a few days.

While I believe Andrew Whitworth is vastly better at left guard than he is left tackle, if the Bengals insist on sending him back that way, they must make a call to Beadles.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Beadles was a second-round draft pick in 2010 (and someone I had on my Bengals big board for that draft). Probably the best young guard in free agency, it seems the Broncos are willing to part ways with him for reasons unknown.

Why Beadles for the Bengals?

• Versatility: After playing right tackle the first few games of his career, he’s started at left guard for the last 3.5 years.
• Durability: Beadles has never missed a game in his NFL career
• Stability: Beadles would be the Bengals first fixture at left guard since injuries on the perimeter pushed Whitworth to left tackle

Again, I’d prefer to see Whit at guard and change made at left tackle, but if the Bengals are unable to find a suitable left tackle via free agency or the draft, they could do much worse than a Whitworth-Beadles left side.

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