Bengals Free Agency: 5 injury-prone free agents that are worth the risk

Leigh Oleszczak
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Bengals free agency is days away from kicking off and the Cincinnati Bengals have some big holes to fix on both sides of the ball. The biggest, of course, is along the offensive line where no starter from the 2021 season is safe at their respective position.

The offensive line is a major need for Cincinnati and unfortunately, some of the best names in free agency along the o-line have the dreaded “injury-prone” label attached to them. Whether it’s been recent injury history or frequently throughout the course of their career, the injury-prone label has latched onto these guys and that could make it risky for the Bengals to sign them.

It isn’t just offensive linemen who have the injury-prone label, however. The Bengals will need to decide if they want to shell out an enormous amount of money for a player who has battled injuries during their pro career.

Let’s take a look at five injury-prone free agents who are worth the risk for the Cincinnati Bengals.

5. Trent Brown

Every single offensive line position needs to be upgraded this offseason so obviously right tackle is included in that bunch. Riley Reiff started the past season at right tackle but injuries kept him out for the final few games in the regular season and throughout the entire postseason. Isaiah Prince stepped in and was not good.

If the Bengals want to get better at right tackle, Trent Brown is one of the better options in free agency. The biggest blemish on his resumé, however, is that he gets banged up a lot. He hasn’t made it through a full season without injuries since 2018 when was with New England.

Brown missed five games in 2019, 11 games in 2020, and eight games this past year. He’s a good player and would definitely give Cincinnati an upgrade at right tackle but he’s the definition of injury-prone. He could be worth the risk for the stripes if they’re serious about upgrading their offensive line.