Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report put together a list of players most likely to be traded in the 2022 offseason and Tunsil was one of the players on that list. Wharton offered this analysis:
"The athletic blocker is one of the better left tackles in the league. He’s an excellent pass blocker thanks to his immense length and sheer power. The lone wart on his resume is his penchant for penalties after he totaled 14 false starts in 2019, but he’s combined for just eight penalties over his past 19 games."
Tunsil could definitely give the Bengals a tremendous upgrade at left tackle but the big thing with him is that he was only active for five games last season due to having surgery on his thumb. Wharton notes in his write-up that the Texans might want a first-round pick for Tunsil and even they should realize that probably isn’t happening.
Not only is Tunsil coming off of an injury, but he’ll have a $26 million cap hit in 2022, so he’s expensive. The Bengals could afford that cap hit and would welcome having one of the best left tackles in the league but they shouldn’t surrender a first-round pick in the process.
Bengals need to target Laremy Tunsil in a trade
As of now, Jonah Williams is the left tackle for Cincinnati but that might not remain the case. Williams isn’t a bad option at the position by any means but if the team can upgrade there and move the former first-round pick to either right tackle or one of the guard spots, they shouldn’t hesitate to do so.
It’s not in the Bengals’ nature to be aggressive in the offseason, especially when it comes to trades, but this is the team’s best shot to contend for a Super Bowl and they need to take advantage of it.
If Tunsil is on the market, Cincinnati needs to throw their hat into the ring.