Bengals Free Agency: Brandon Scherff could shore up the right guard spot
The position on the Cincy o-line that needs the most fine-tuning is the right guard position, which this year saw Xavier Su’a-Filo, Jackson Carman, and Hakeem Adeniji trying to hold down the fort there. Adeniji took over at right guard in Week 9 and essentially held onto the position for the rest of the season.
Drafting Carman with the idea of transitioning him to a guard spot was a bad move by the organization and now they have to add a real offensive guard to slide in on the right side.
Brandon Scherff is the best free-agent guard available and is someone Cincinnati should be making calls to as soon as they’re able to. The former first-round pick out of Iowa made it through his first two years in the league without missing time but ever since, he’s failed to remain healthy throughout the course of a season.
That’s not great for an offensive lineman over the age of 30 but when Scherff is on the field, he’s as good as they come. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro at the right guard position and is someone the Bengals might look past the injuries for if it means their right side would improve.
As is the case with Armstead, the injuries are a concern when it comes to Scherff. Spotrac has his market value set at three years, $38 million. Is that a price you’d be okay with Cincy paying for an oft-injured right guard? I’d say go for it considering he’s solid when healthy and is only 30 years old.