Bengals that could be on their way out: Offensive tackle Bobby Hart
Before getting to the logistics of Cincinnati moving on from offensive tackle Bobby Hart, it deserves to be noted that the infamous bookend has played better down the stretch of this season than fans have grown accustomed to. He’s drawn the ire of the orange and black faithful and put some questionable (to say the least) snaps on tape, but if nothing else, he has improved.
Now with that out of the way, the Bengals almost assuredly won’t go into next season with Hart as their starting right tackle. The front office is undoubtedly feeling the heat from the fan base that’s up in arms over Joe Burrow’s injury. They should have their sights firmly focused on improving the protection in front of their star signal-caller.
By cutting Hart, the team stands to gain $5.9M in spending power, and will only have to swallow $1M in dead cap space. That money could go a long way on the open market.
Plus, the upcoming draft class offers numerous intriguing prospects at the tackle position. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Bengals come out of the first two rounds without at least one offensive lineman capable of serving as an upgrade over Hart.