3 ways the Bengals have helped Joe Burrow this offseason

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1. Beefing up the o-line

One could argue that the Bengals were one mediocre offensive line from being Super Bowl champions a season ago. They got to the Super Bowl even with a bad offensive line but their “luck” finally ran out due to the dominance of Aaron Donald and the Rams’ defensive front.

Cincinnati knew they couldn’t sit back and not upgrade the o-line this offseason and they opened their wallets and landed the necessary players.

Up first was former Buccaneers right guard, Alex Cappa, who will slide in and start at a revolving door of a position for the Bengals. Cappa brings stability and toughness to the right guard position, which has been a tough spot for the team to find just that at in recent years. They shouldn’t have that problem with Cappa now donning the black and orange stripes.

Next up, the Bengals agreed to terms on a contract with former Patriots center, Ted Karras. Upon his signing, fans wondered if Karras would be the center or left guard in Cincinnati, as he has experience at both spots. The release of Trey Hopkins quickly answered that question though — Karras will be the starting center.

Finally, the Bengals hit a home run with the signing of former Cowboys tackle, La’el Collins, who had been released by the team. Collins visited the Queen City and the Bengals didn’t let him leave without a contract. He’s the newest Bengals right tackle and fans couldn’t be more thrilled.

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If the Cincinnati Bengals want Joe Burrow to be the best quarterback he can be — and stick around after his rookie contract expires — these were the kind of moves the organization had to make. They did just that and now, Burrow has the tools to succeed and be even better in his third pro season.