3 players Cincinnati Bengals were wise to pass on in 2022 free agency

Leigh Oleszczak
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1. Brandon Scherff

Leading up to free agency, the Bengals were frequently linked to Brandon Scherff and it made sense as to why. Scherff, when healthy, is one of the best right guards in the league and it didn’t look as though he wouldn’t be returning to Washington for an eighth season.

Scherff didn’t sign with Washington but instead signed a three-year deal worth $49.5 million with the Jaguars. The deal isn’t necessarily a crazy one considering how good Scherff has been throughout the course of his career but the injuries are the biggest problem for the right guard.

The Bengals didn’t take the risk of paying an injury-prone guard $16.5 million per year and brought in former Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa instead. Cappa signed a four-year deal worth $40 million, so not only was he cheaper, but Cincy has him under contract for longer.

Scherff would have been an excellent addition to the stripes’ offensive line but the injuries were a huge concern and that’s why it was smart of the Bengals to pass on him.

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