Cincinnati Bengals need to make signing Terron Armstead a priority

Terron Armstead (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
Terron Armstead (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

Super Bowl LVI is the most important thing going on for the Cincinnati Bengals right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss the upcoming offseason and the events that come with it.

As of now, Cincinnati has the third-most cap space entering the offseason, per Over the Cap. For a team that’s currently in the Super Bowl with one of the youngest rosters in the league, the Bengals having that much money to fill holes is dangerous for the rest of the league.

Cincy should be able to afford just about any free agent they want. Playing with a loaded roster and a team that made a Super Bowl appearance this season should be an incentive to get key players to sign with the stripes.

One name the Bengals need to make a priority in free agency is Saints left tackle, Terron Armstead. While Cincy has Jonah Williams at left tackle, no starting position on the o-line should be safe entering the offseason. This unit surrendered nine sacks on Joe Burrow in the AFC Divisional Round and we’ll see how they fare against the Rams’ stacked defensive front.

A lousy performance by the o-line in the Super Bowl could force ownership’s hand at getting premier talent to protect Burrow. There won’t be many dominant left tackles in free agency this offseason but Armstead is one of the few out there.

Cincinnati Bengals perfect landing spot for Terron Armstead

Armstead, a former third-round pick by the Saints, has spent his entire nine-year career in New Orleans and is probably going to be too expensive for NOLA to keep. Armstead turns 31 in July and he’s struggled with injuries throughout his career, which is probably why the Saints opt to move on from him, as they have the least amount of cap space this offseason.

If the Bengals could sign Armstead, he’d be their starting left tackle for the next three or four years, Jonah Williams could either move to right tackle or could slide to one of the guard spots if need be. Williams could move back to left tackle if Armstead were to get injured.

This would give the Bengals a solid starting point when it comes to their offensive line, which is a unit that has to get significantly better in 2022. The team has a special quarterback in Joe Burrow and now protecting him becomes priority No. 1.

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Armstead needs to be at the top of the free-agent list this offseason.