Bengals Free Agency

Five free agents the Bengals should consider signing to stop the bleeding

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 06: Josh Kline #64 of the Minnesota Vikings in action against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 06, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 06: Josh Kline #64 of the Minnesota Vikings in action against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 06, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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Bengals free-agent options: Josh Kline

For many of the reasons the Bengals should consider signing Ron Leary, they should consider signing offensive guard Josh Kline. At 30-years-old, the veteran lineman brings 92 games of experience to the table, including 77 starts. For a very young group in the trenches of Cincinnati, that kind of experience could be invaluable.

Dating back to 2014, Kline has never participated in fewer than 12 games. That kind of availability and consistency is exactly what a floundering offensive line unit needs. Plus, it could help Joe Burrow out in more ways than one.

Kline’s ceiling isn’t astronomical, and at this point in his career, you’re getting what you get. However, he’s never been given a season grade below 60 by Pro Football Focus, something that certainly can’t be said for many of the offensive linemen on Cincinnati’s roster.

All in all, Kline is a solid option and could fill in at right guard better than anybody else currently on the squad. It may seem repetitive to make this signing with Su’a-Filo’s return on the horizon, but nobody knows when he’ll be back, and upgrading Burrow’s protection for even a few weeks is definitely worth it in the grand scheme of things.

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