Bengals should pursue Ravens’ Bradley Bozeman this offseason

Kristen Wong
Bradley Bozeman #77 of the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Bradley Bozeman #77 of the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals have one of their best opportunities to patch up their offensive line by poaching Bradley Bozeman from their division rivals.

Baltimore Ravens’ Bradley Bozeman is set to become a free agent in 2022, and sources say the offensive lineman may have outpriced his stay in Baltimore.

The Bengals have roughly $40 million more available cap space than the Ravens for next season, which means Cincy could be in a better position to sign Bozeman if it’s money he’s after.

Bozeman played at center in 2021 but served as the Ravens’ starting left guard for the two previous seasons, making him a versatile and talented potential addition to the Bengals roster. In three of his four seasons at Baltimore, Bozeman played in all 16 games, so his durability shouldn’t be a concern.

Cincinnati Bengals can reinforce O-line with Ravens’ Bradley Bozeman this free agency

Both the Bengals and Ravens have upgrading the offensive line high on their to-do list, and Bozeman isn’t a player the Ravens will easily let go. But after Cincy’s unexpected Super Bowl run where Joe Burrow took 70 sacks on the year as a whole (ranked third-most in NFL history when including postseason games), the Bengals should be making inquiries about any and all pending free agent offensive linemen.

Along with Terron Armstead, Bradley Bozeman is considered a highly coveted member in the trenches and would be a worthy run-blocking and pass-protecting asset for any team. He can play at left guard or center, and while Cincinnati doesn’t need the most help at those positions, Bozeman can slide into a starting spot and allow for more depth across the offensive line.

The Bengals will likely fortify the trenches in the 2022 draft, but the team could use a starting-caliber veteran in the O-line, and players of Bozeman’s caliber are hard to come by in free agency.

Should Bozeman walk out on the Ravens this offseason, Cincinnati absolutely must make Bozeman an offer he can’t refuse.

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Bozeman alone won’t solve the Bengals’ offensive line struggles, but bringing him on would be a good first step in the right direction.