Offensive Linemen for Bengals to Sign – No. 4: Russell Okung
Sticking with offensive linemen who have been injury-prone in recent years, Russell Okung is still on the free-agent market, likely due to how often he’s been injured. I previously touched on how Okung was worth looking into and still stand by that sentiment.
"The reason Okung is still available to sign is that he’s struggled to stay healthy. This is a valid reason as to why teams should be hesitant to sign him, but look at what happens when he is healthy — He’s one of the best in the league at what he does."
Okung is a former first-round pick who has been around the league for over a decade now. He spent the first six years of his career with the Seahawks before spending a short stint with the Broncos, three years with the Chargers, and one year with the Panthers.
Okung has started just 13 games over the past two seasons and that’s definitely a risk when it comes to signing him. If he’s healthy, he’s a solid option at left tackle and that’s certainly a position the Bengals could use another decent option at, as Jonah Williams is another injury-prone player, starting just 10 games in two seasons.
What do the Bengals have to lose in signing Okung? He’s not going to be the Week 1 starter so having him as a depth piece is a great option moving forward. This would be a wonderful late-offseason move for Cincinnati.