5 free agents that could bolster Cincinnati Bengals offense in 2022

Leigh Oleszczak
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2. Trent Brown, RT

The Bengals signed Riley Reiff to a one-year deal and took a risk by flipping him to right tackle. So far, it’s worked out pretty well, but Reiff is only signed for this season. If he’s not retained, the team will need to find a new option at right tackle for 2022 and beyond.

They have Hakeem Adeniji who played tackle at Kansas as an option there but if they want to make sure they have the position locked up, they could add Trent Brown in free agency. Brown has been a true underdog in the NFL, not hearing his name called until the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft and going on to become one of the more dominant right tackles in the game.

Brown spent the first three years of his career in San Francisco, then played for the Patriots for a year, spent two years with the Raiders, and returned to New England for the 2021 season on a one-year deal worth $9 million. Part of why Brown was such a bargain for the Patriots is that he’s been injury-prone recently, appearing in just five games last year and only two so far this season.

When he’s on the field, however, he’s effective, as proven by his 84.0 PFF grade. The injuries are definitely worrisome but if the Bengals aren’t able to keep Reiff in the Queen City and Brown is available, he’s worth taking a flier on.