3 potential cap casualties the Bengals need to sign for 2022
3. Alejandro Villanueva
With a likely release from the Ravens (they’ll save $6 million in this case per Spotrac), Alejandro Villanueva could be an affordable depth piece for a line that will need the depth and versatility he presents.
The 6’9″, 277-pound former Steeler, and soon-to-be former Raven also has an intangible that would be invaluable playing in the AFC North considering he’s only played in the AFC North. Not to be too simplistic, but to compete in November and December in the North, it could be beneficial to have someone that has been there and done that.
Villanueva brings years of experience with the Steelers and Ravens. My guess is he would also play with a little extra something for divisional games, as players often do when facing former teams. That extra bit of nasty can be very valuable, especially along the offensive line.
Now, I’m not suggesting Alejandro should be paid starters money, but I also don’t think he will be seeking it. Villanueva is definitely nearing the end of his career and should be in the “ring seeking” mode. What better place than Cincinnati?
Factor in his versatility, and his durability, he has played in every game of his career, and Alejandro Villanueva should be a cap cut wearing tiger stripes in 2022.