Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is no doubt the top selling point for any offensive lineman looking to join a new team, and Burrow already has a good thing going with one recently signed tackle.
On Sunday, the Bengals signed La’el Collins to a three-year deal, adding a huge boost to their offensive line. Burrow was apparently a vital part of the recruitment process and had texted Collins whether he finalized a deal or not.
Collins could have just responded “Yes” or even sent a thumbs-up emoji, but he marked the beginning of his special relationship to Burrow with a truly memorably message:
Collins is arguably the team’s best free agent signing so far and seems intent on performing all duties required of a quarterback “bodyguard.”
Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow and La’el Collins already have a good rapport
The former Dallas tackle decided to join Cincy after considering several other teams and will immediately start at right tackle in the 2022 season. Currently, the Bengals’ much-improved offensive line includes Collins, Alex Cappa, Ted Karras, Jonah Williams, and likely Jackson Carman — that’s four new faces in the trenches compared to last season.
Collins lost his starting spot on the Cowboys but plugs in perfectly in Cincy’s lineup, as the team was in desperate need of a quality right tackle.
The Bengals may not be done making offseason moves, though their offensive line looks season-ready and probably won’t see any more additions. With plenty of cap space and the 2022 draft coming up, Cincy can pool their resources toward upgrading other positions of need such as tight end or cornerback.
Collins will face some of the best pass-rushers in the league such as Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt, so we hope he has as much bite as his bark.
We can’t wait to see Burrow and his new bodyguard tear up defenses next season.