Call The Bengals!

June 25th, 2019


It’s time for Jason Licht to pick up his cell phone.

Word came down this afternoon that the Cincinnati Bengals lost their rookie left tackle, No. 11 overall pick Jonah Williams, for the season with a shoulder injury.

No, Joe isn’t advocating dumping Donovan Smith. (Sorry, Smith haters.) But this represents a grand opportunity to see if the Bengals want to pounce on Caleb Benenoch and his $2 million salary for 2019?

Benenoch, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, did some good things at tackle in 2017, and in typical Bucs fashion, he then was moved to guard and had a train-wreck campaign last season.

It’s clear to Joe that Benenoch is not in the Bucs’ Super Bowl plans, and Joe is just fine with Mike Liedtke as tackle depth, as well as the Bucs finding another tackle off the waiver wire in August if necessary.

Just dangle Benenoch and maybe you score a seventh-round pick. Be aggressive, Licht. This is how the good teams stockpile picks.

Why not call and make the pitch?

59 Responses to “Call The Bengals!”

  1. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Heat getting to you Joe ?…a 7th ????

  2. Andrew Says:

    This would suggest he’s capable of starting at LT. If so, would you rather keep him so solve our own depth problems and maybe replace dot?

  3. m0j0 Says:

    Not sure I would want to trade him for a 7th, as you stated, he is a decent swing tackle. Now, if they have a guard we could use, that would be a different story.

  4. Bucnjim Says:

    Love the positive thinking but Benenoch is probably #35 on their list of possibilities.

  5. Allbuccedup Says:

    Who would want to even trade for Benenoch another garbage buc player. Just cut him for christs sake.

  6. Race to 10 Says:

    What a joke who is going to look at this dude tape and give up more than a bag of chips? The conversation about trading for him alone is a waste of time.

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    not for a 7th….

    i think the bengals will wait until TC or PS before they make a move….

    lets see if this staff can develop benenoch….maybe he takes over for dotson at some point….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  8. Dapostman Says:

    The call would go something like this…………

    Bengals: Hello, Mike Brown here

    Bucs: Hey Mike, It’s Jason Licht from Tampa.

    Bengals: Oh Jason yes what can I do for you?

    Bucs: Mike, its what can I do for you. I see you need an OL man so I’m offering up Caleb Benenoch for a draft pick.

    Bengals: Caleb who?

    Bengals: Click…………………….

  9. Magadude Says:

    Dangle Benonoch for a 7th round pick…offer up some sense of depth a few weeks before camp opens for something tiny next year?

    Heck no. Gads, glad JBF runs a website and not the Bucs.

  10. SOEbuc Says:

    Was so pissed when they resigned Dotson for $4.5 million. I’ma Liedtke liker. He showed serious talent moving from guard to tackle in preseason last year.

  11. 407buc Says:

    Benenoch is too bad to trade his film speaks for itself .Worst Olineman in the league possibly.If I could trade him for a bucket of ice he would be gone

  12. BucHead588 Says:

    I think Caleb will do good at RT never should have been moved from Tackle to Guard

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Williams was playing left tackle in Cindy. Corey Glenn will kick back out. Clint Boling goes back at left guard. Right tackle is not affected.

  14. Darin Says:

    Lol. Fantasy football hater i thought Joe. Fantasy GM’ing I see. Licht better have a few before he makes that call.

  15. Buc4evr Says:

    That is crazy joe, for a seventh rounder. The Bucs should be stockpiling O-linemen in case of injuries, not seventh round picks.

  16. Boogie Says:

    IRA was beating the drum for this jabroni Jonah Williams.. glad y’all ain’t the GM’s

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    Yeah, get a 7th rounder because the Bucs have such a strong history of hitting it out of the park with 7th rounders…

    Stevie Tu’ikolovatu
    Joey Iosefa

    There’s Licht’s track record with 7th rounders.

    No thanks, I’ll take Benenoch and hope he’s not completely worthless.

  18. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    C’mon Joe!

    A 7th rounder?
    You’re counting on Dotson who’s at the end of his career, and has bad wheels, to start and dominate for 16 games?
    Aren’t you the guy who says that it takes 4 years to develop an O lineman? But you wanna give up on one that has shown he can start in the league at tackle, in year 4?
    For a 7th rounder?
    You must’ve been hitting the sauce early today kid!

    Basically responding here for all the naysayers. A) Joe is confident Liedtke can get the job done as a swing tackle. B) There will be guys on the market in August. C) There are other tackles trying to make this team and Earl Watford has played tackle for Arians. D) Joe never thought — or wrote — that the Bucs would find real contributors with a 7th round pick like Mark Dominik often did, but they can be valuable assets for the purposes of trading up. E) Amazing how many people think Benenoch is not expendable.

  19. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Wow, no. He’s in the running to take over for Dotson next year with good coaching. Is this the same Joe who wanted a mediocre pass rusher who’d impact 1 out of every 4 plays and would have no impact in the locker room? 😉

  20. Stonedbuc Says:

    7th rounder? I’d rather hold onto the depth, I might be stoned but I am not mentally unstable. Pour another Johnny walker for that one.

  21. Hodad Says:

    Joe, if he can’t beat out over the hill Dotson at right tackle, who the hell would want him has a starting left tackle? If he can beat out Dotson this summer, then we’re better off keeping him. Trade a fifth round pick with starting experience, for a seventh rounder, doesn’t make much sense.

  22. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Isnt this the picture of the guy from PM Dawn?

    Didnt he pass away?”

    Kobe Faker

  23. R.O. Says:

    Verbal diarrhea..

  24. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Actually I would pitch Demar Dotson for trade. Keep Benenoch and Cappa as our tackles and find another guard to compete with Liedtke @RG

  25. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Players from the Bangles have fleeced the Bucs more than once, so that would not exactly get us to even-steven. Just another Manic Monday (or Tuesday)!

  26. wausa Says:

    7th round pick does not make sense to loose depth at the tackle position at an area where the Bucs have very limited depth.

    I would suggest the Bucs do absolutely nothing

  27. Bucnjim Says:

    That’s the nervous smile going up against Suh in practice… Hey Mr. Suh can I get your autograph after practice? Sure whatever your name is right after I make up you look like a street walker on Nebraska ave.

  28. Race to 10 Says:

    Bucs are waiting for veterans to get cut during training camp and preseason why wouldn’t Bengals be doing the same thing. Some times I wonder if you are playing madden franchise mode and then write about it

  29. GetOverIt Says:

    Aggressive move? Deplete already questionable depth on the OL for a 7th round pick? That doesn’t sound aggressive, it sounds stupid. I mean, if the other backup plans are better than Benenoch, then I guess moving him for a 5th or 6th rounder could make sense. Is he not a candidate to eventually start at RT (maybe even this year)? Do you really wanna throw out a guy with starts under his belt before the casualties of training camp and preseason play out… for a 7th rounder?

    Clearly, we’re in the slow news portion of the football calendar.

  30. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Yea, you losing it baby. How does any draft pick help us THIS year Joe. 7th rounder for a coach who said he’s not rebuilding… Ok. Stupid is as stupid does.
    Go BUCS

  31. SB Says:


    That is all I can say about this article.

  32. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Hey ! Think of it this way…for the first time in JBF history all posters are in agreement:-) 🙂 🙂

  33. SCBucsFan Says:

    We spend articles proving late round picks never stick yet we are trading depth for a 7. SMH.

  34. Tom S. Says:

    Caleb Benenoch was one of the worst lineman in the league last year. Who trades a draft pick of ANY KIND for a late round draft pick who spent the last season proving that he wasn’t very good at professional football? Why would another team in the league target or even receive a guy who has yet to prove he has a single redeeming quality on film?

    This had to be Lee who proposed this.

  35. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    The Bengals won’t give up a warm grape soda for Benenoch

  36. JimmyJack Says:

    I would actually like Jeans plans better & you get better then a 7th for a proven atartery. Except don’t sleep on Watford at RG.

    But this team should be planning on replacing Dotson by developing a young player. Benechot could be a future player here and while Joe may argue that good teams stockpile picks I would argue that they don’t do it trading away young cheaper players they can work with………And I know y’all can’t stand Benechot but I will remind you the last HC faed to develope any OL player at any position. Let’s see what Bruce can do with spare parts that Dirk didn’t know how to use before we start selling them off.

  37. gotbbucs Says:

    Must be a sloooooow day.

  38. Succaneers Says:

    The over/ under on Winston articles for tomorrow is 3

  39. K2 Says:

    I won’t be able to sleep tonight thinking about potentially picking up a 7th round pick….it’s just too exciting.

  40. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Sometimes Joe likes to troll

  41. BucEmUp Says:

    If he was decent under love and cuter he will be worth more after a year playing under Arians. I would extend him a year and trade him next offseason

  42. OBP Says:

    I’d get rid of him in a heartbeat but there is no chance anyone is dumb enough to trade for him, he is one of the worst players in the league.

  43. BA FAN Says:

    When Benenoch was tried at RT he was so bad they moved him to RG where he was even worse. But he has never had any development at all from Clueless Warhop so I would first give BA’s Coaches first shot at turning him around before I would consider trying to trade him, so NO.

  44. BA FAN Says:

    Liedtke is starter material at OT or OG and E. Smith is backup material for Center or OG. I see Cappa as the best shot to replace Dotson if he is hurt or retires but Dotson is our best lineman still when he is healthy, just see his PFF scores, and since he didn’t start at RT for many years he could still be good for two more years or longer (just look how long the LT we jettisoned for having a bad year when he was playing hurt, thinking he was too old to keep, went on to log about four more good years with the Raiders, outplaying D. Smith all those years!). I would love it if Watford was good enough to start at RG, but I suspect he is good backup material only for OT or OG and his only advantage is already knowing BA’s system and will be helpful in helping our other linemen, but I still think Zach Bailey or Ruben Holcomb with BA development could also be wild card contenders at RG also. Can’t wait til the pads come on!

  45. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Actually that’s a pretty intriguing idea.

  46. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d keep Benenoch to see what he can do at his natural position, tackle.


  47. ElioT Says:

    Bash the crap out of G. Warhop (justified no doubt) for his complicated scheme, then recommend getting rid of an experienced offensive lineman for a 7th round pick on an online with shaky depth to say the least?


    Before you have a chance to see what he can do with a new staff?

    I don’t give a crap about Benenoch, although he showed a lot more at tackle than that crap at guard last year, but…

    This article seems like a drunk text to me.

  48. BigMacAttack Says:

    It doesn’t matter either way but this won’t happen.

  49. Chris K Says:

    This article a joke?

  50. jjbucsfan Says:

    Can we trade them the Rays and Donovan Smith for the Reds and a box of donuts?

  51. Roadwarrior Says:

    Shut the heck.up come on man really

  52. Lord Corn Says:

    lol comon

    This is a GM that cost us a future mid round compensatory draft pick to sign a punter and he is savy enough to pull picks for Benechoch?

  53. BucFan727 Says:

    Bennoch is just terrible ar guard. Bad technic and he lunges at who hes trying to block. Ive never seen him play tackle. I dont think hes got the feet for that. Yo got to be able to kick that leg back and hold your elbows tight. Hes bad with that and he ends up of balance from bad hand placement and footwork. He needs work as dose the whole line. They jave to work as one. It only takes one to mess up the whole play.

  54. Billy_43 Says:

    I can almost GUARANTEE you Jason and Bruce didn’t see the news about the Bengals losing Jonah and immediately start thinking how can we leverage that LMAO

    Yeah let’s give them a piece of easily the worst unit on our team.

    And for a 7th rounder. Good God somebody show the stats of how many 7th rounders make the team.

    AND, after stating Benenocb did well at Tackle.

    Hmmm. Seems like we have a 92 year Old STARTING tackle on our team.

    It’s off season for sure.

  55. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Sometimes Joe’s articles need to be put in Moderation before being published 😉
    LOL. Lotta Benenoch fans out there. So funny. Like the Bucs won’t be able to find someone as good as him on the street in late August/early September –Joe

  56. Bucsfanman Says:

    I almost spit my coffee this morning when I saw this!

  57. WyldKat Says:

    Mike: “What does that mean? Infamous?”
    Jason: “Ah, Mike! Infamous is when you’re more than famous! This guy Benenoch is not just famous, he’s IN-famous!”

  58. Tval Says:

    Dude may just retire if he sees this thread. Yaysus! (Bill burr voice)

  59. pick6 Says:

    either he’s capable of starting and you keep him, or he’s not capable of starting and you won’t get squat for him. if he’s got half a shot to be a long term starter or even backup the bucs need him more than the draft currency.