Bengals continue to bolster offensive line with Ted Karras signing

Leigh Oleszczak
Ted Karras (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ted Karras (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals have struck in free agency once again! They’ve agreed to a three-year deal worth $18 million with offensive lineman Ted Karras.

Earlier on Monday, the Bengals agreed to terms with Alex Cappa on a four-year deal. Cappa will be slotted in at right guard. Karras gives the stripes their new center and this pretty much guarantees that the team will be parting ways with Trey Hopkins. They can save roughly $6 million if they do. They could keep him though and have Karras play left guard.

Karras went in the sixth round back in the 2016 NFL Draft and has spent all but one season in New England. Now he’s leaving one team who was used to representing the AFC in the Super Bowl for the most recent AFC champion.

Bengals aren’t done yet — Ted Karras is the newest signee.

Cincinnati is proving they’re serious about upgrading their offensive line on the first day of legal tampering in free agency. They signed Cappa when the legal tampering period first opened up and now, a little less than two hours later, they have their franchise center. He can, however, play guard as well, which makes him even more appealing.

Karras has appeared in every game the past two years. He received a PFF grade of 72.8 last year and had two penalties while allowing three sacks on the year.

After Ryan Jensen ended up back in Tampa Bay, the Bengals had to go in a different direction when it came to their starting center. Karras might not be the flashiest name at the position but he’s a good starter who is durable.

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What do you think of this deal, Bengals fans? How about this aggressiveness from the organization on just the first day of legal tampering?