The Cincinnati Bengals are bringing Austin Reiter in for a visit on Monday. The free-agent center spent the past three years with the Kansas City Chiefs and started 32 games with them during his three years there. He started at center during both of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl appearances.
With the Bengals hosting Reiter next week, it’s clear that they’re not 100% content with the unit they’re currently looking at. Reiter being brought in for a visit might mean that Trey Hopkins isn’t going to be ready to start when the Vikings come to town in Week 1 and that’d mean Billy Price is getting the start. Yikes.
Reiter is definitely an upgrade over Price but the Bengals shouldn’t stop with just having him in for a visit. They need to keep adding offensive linemen to make this unit as strong as possible and giving Joe Burrow the best possible offensive line.
Let’s take a look at six other offensive linemen the Bengals should heavily consider signing before training camp gets underway in a matter of days.
Offensive Linemen for Bengals to Sign – No. 6: Rick Wagner
That being said, if Wagner is willing to continue playing, the Bengals should give him a call. He was signed to the Packers to compete for the right tackle job in Green Bay but Billy Turner won the job. Wagner still got in on the action, however, starting nine games and appearing in all 16 last season.
While right tackle is Riley Reiff’s job, Wagner is a depth piece who has proved valuable and did so as recently as last year. He’d be a wonderful option to sign and have in the Bengals’ back pocket in case Jonah Williams gets injured, forcing Reiff to move back to his preferred position of left tackle and therefore, the right side of the line being vacant.
This move wouldn’t have Bengals fans jumping for joy but it’s hard to be upset over a depth signing and Wagner would be just that.