The Cincinnati Bengals have to rebuild their offensive line if they want to ensure that Joe Burrow has a long career with the franchise. We’ve already discussed options at left tackle, left guard, center, and right guard, so let’s finish things up by chatting about some options at right tackle.
The stripes signed Riley Reiff last offseason with the intent of moving him from his preferred position of left tackle to right tackle. He played pretty well for the most part but Reiff went down with an injury near the end of the regular season and missed the entire playoff run as a result.
When Reiff went down, that led to Isaiah Prince stepping in and playing right tackle. It didn’t go well.
We all know that Prince isn’t the long-term answer or the short-term answer so who will be starting at right tackle when the 2022 season gets underway?
5. Trent Brown
The Bengals will more than likely turn to free agency to address multiple positions on their offensive line. If they turn to free agency to find a right tackle, Trent Brown is a name to watch.
On Pro Football Focus’ best free agents list, Brown came in at No. 79 and was projected to earn a two-year deal worth $20 million with incentives potentially pushing the deal to $25 million. The guaranteed money in that deal would be $15 million.
PFF noted that Brown tends to be lackluster when he’s not in a Patriots uniform but that’s not a real reason not to target him. He had career-highs in pass-blocking and overall performance last season, so he’s still got plenty in the tank. He’s entering his age-29 season so the projected contract would make sense, especially with the injuries Brown has had.