Bengals Free Agency: 3 best offensive linemen available in 2022 offseason

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Bengals Free Agency: Ryan Jensen is an option to take over at center

Trey Hopkins might be under contract next season but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the Bengals’ starting center in 2022 or even with the team when the new season gets underway. Hopkins was a nice story, going undrafted out of Texas, but this past year proved that he can’t be the starting center moving forward.

Ryan Jensen of the Buccaneers is a pending free agent and he’s someone the Bengals should go after hard if he does end up hitting the open market. Spotrac has his market value set at three years worth $30 million and that’s something Cincinnati could easily afford.

Jensen, a former sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, joined the Buccaneers in 2018 and has yet to miss a start since making the move to Tampa Bay. Bengals fans would love to hear that, as injuries on the o-line are a frequent occurrence and it’d be great to have a guy who has proven to be more than durable.

With Tom Brady not returning to Tampa, it wouldn’t be crazy for Jensen to bolt and latch onto another team with a chance to win a Super Bowl in the 2022 season. He’d be an excellent fit in the Queen City and if he does actually hit the open market, Cincy needs to go all in for the Bucs center.