Cincinnati Bengals center Russell Bodine is meeting with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and Monday.
The Cincinnati Bengals have made some interesting moves in the free agency period this offseason. Signing defensive tackle Chris Baker, trading for tackle Cordy Glenn, re-signing tight end Tyler Eifert and signing linebacker Preston Brown. For a team that is usually very quiet in this part of the offseason, the Bengals have made some impactful moves.
These moves could leave center Russell Bodine to find a new home. Since being drafted by the Bengals in the fourth-round of the 2014 playoffs, Bodine has played every game for the orange and black. There were talks that the Bengals wanted to re-sign Bodine after the 2017 season ended but with the moves they have already made in free agency, they don’t have the money to throw at another lineman without making money elsewhere.
Already spending over $20 million this offseason on new deals and players, there’s just not enough room to sign another player to more than a veteran minimum. The team will carry over the rest of their money most likely to sign their rookies from the upcoming draft and emergency signings. If they don’t trade up they will have 11 rookies to possibly sign.
Buffalo center Eric Wood announced in January that he would not be returning after not being able to be cleared to play football again due to a neck injury. The Bills are shopping around to find a replacement for their starting center position. Could Bodine be the new center for the Buffalo Bills in 2018?