Billy Price: 21st overall
2018 CAP Hit: $2.15 million
Total contract value through 2021: $11.8 million (total)
Cincinnati traded back in the first-round and selected Ohio State center Billy Price at 21st overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Price is projected to be a significant upgrade over former center Russell Bodine who left in free agency to sign with the Bills. Regardless of which center you wanted the Bengals to take in this year’s draft, finding a center that is an upgrade for this kind of money is a steal.
To put into perspective on how little Price’s contract will be for the Bengals, punter Kevin Huber and fullback Ryan Hewitt make more with their respected contracts than Price will in 2018. One of the most important positions along the offensive line and one of Cincinnati’s most significant holes this offseason is being addressed for less than the team’s punter and fullback.
The Bengals are going into 2018 spending very little on their offensive line outside of Glenn who will make $11.25 million. Left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is the only other lineman to be making more than Price this season which means the rest of the line is making less than $2 million. When you consider how much good, not even elite, but good offensive linemen cost in today’s NFL, Cincinnati is paying next to nothing for their unit allowing them to spend that money elsewhere.
Last season the offensive line was the center of the problems on the offense. With additions like Glenn, Price, and even right tackle Bobby Hart, we should see an upgraded line working under new offensive line coach Frank Pollack. All for pennies on the dollar.