Bengals Free Agency: Alex Cappa shores up right guard position

Alex Cappa (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Alex Cappa (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals wasted no time when the legal tampering aspect of free agency began, agreeing to terms on a deal with offensive guard Alex Cappa. Bengals free agency kicked off at 12:00 EST and by 12:02, the team had already struck a deal with Cappa to bring him to Cincinnati.

Cappa was a third-round pick by the Buccaneers in the 2018 NFL Draft and played in all 16 games in 2020 and all 17 games in 2021, starting at right guard for Tom Brady’s Buccaneers. After Brady opted to unretire, Ryan Jensen went back to Tampa, but keeping Cappa was going to be difficult for the Bucs.

Now he’s a Bengal.

Bengals free agency begins with a bang, as Alex Cappa is coming to Cincy

Cappa’s PFF grades include a 74.2 overall, 71.4 in pass-blocking, and 71.2 in run-blocking so he’s a great option at right guard and now shores up a position of need. The right guard position was such a revolving door in 2021, as we saw three different guys start there and none of them were exactly stellar.

Cappa is a durable guard who should be able to give the Bengals stability at the right guard spot for the next four years. He’s also just 27 years old, so he has a chance to earn another big contract this offseason if he plays well during his stint in Cincy.

The Bengals had to address their offensive line this offseason and they did so in a big way with the signing of Cappa. Joe Burrow has to be beaming after this news hit the streets because now he has one of the best right guards in the league protecting him for the next few years.

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How are you all feeling about this move, fans? Pretty exciting, right?