Agree or disagree? Bengals’ top 50 retired players list stocked with short-timers, long-timers

Former Bengals center-guard Rich Braham points out the defense to QB Carson Palmer during a 2006 game with the Chiefs in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

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Former Bengals center-guard Rich Braham points out the defense to QB Carson Palmer during a 2006 game with the Chiefs in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

With the Bengals’ 50th season fast approaching, the team is rolling out a list of the top 50 retired former Cincinnati players as voted by fans and local media, and Monday’s release of players 40-31 includes several short-timers like defensive end Coy Bacon (1976-’77), defensive back Solomon Wilcots (1987-’90) and linebacker Bill Bergey (1969-’73).

Surely, these five lists will spark conversation, but it's hard to imagine debate over No. 38, offensive lineman Rich Braham. His back story was awesome.

Drafted in the third round by Phoenix in 1994, he was cut by the Cardinals and claimed off waivers by Cincinnati. He played in 146 games in 13 seasons with the Bengals, starting 142, despite having four arthroscopic knee surgeries, two sprained ankles, a herniated neck disc and a broken toe. He retired after suffering a tibia plateau fracture in week two against the Cleveland Browns in 2006.

Bacon played two of his 14 NFL seasons with Cincinnati, and while the NFL didn't begin tallying quarterback sacks until 1982, he believed that he had 26 sacks for the Bengals in 1976. Whatever his numbers, he made a big enough impact to rank No. 34 in Bengaldom.

This is not to suggest anybody on this list is not deserving, just an observation pointing out that unlike the debates that often include suggestions that potential Hall of Fame candidates must have longevity, tenure is not a requirement for this collection.

As explained on bengals.com, more than 160,000 fan votes were submitted, accounting for half the results. The other half was based on voting by 24 members of the media have have covered or currently cover the team.

Over the weekend, the team unveiled players 50-41 with Robert Geathers at No. 48.

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Curious, Bengals fans: How do you like the way the list is shaping up so far?

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