While the Cincinnati Bengals have had an excellent start to free agency, they still have some needs to address as the offseason continues.
They entered the offseason desperately needing to fix their offensive line and they did that right away. They will now have a new starting center, right guard, and right tackle for the 2022 season and beyond. They also re-signed B.J. Hill to keep their defense strong moving forward. Hayden Hurst also joined the team to help at the tight end position.
Those are the big moves that have happened but the stripes shouldn’t stop there. Let’s check out the four biggest needs the team still needs to address even after the first wave of free agency.
4. Backup Offensive Tackle
Yes, the Bengals signed La’el Collins in a really solid move and they have Jonah Williams as the other starting tackle but they need depth. With Fred Johnson no longer on the roster, Cincinnati has just Isaiah Prince as the only true backup option.
There’s still D’Ante Smith but he was trending more toward being a guard after last year (and is listed as such on the official roster). The fact of the matter is that if either Williams or Collins — both of whom have a lengthy injury history — go down, Prince is the only guy able to step in.
Riley Reiff is still waiting for a team, as are Duane Brown and Eric Fisher. Brown and Fisher are probably still capable of being a starter while Reiff is likely more of a backup option at this point. He could fit in well with what Cincinnati’s vision is moving forward.