3 free agents who could start for the Bengals right away

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1. J.C. Tretter

It’s surprising to still see J.C. Tretter waiting to be signed in free agency. Here’s a guy who missed just one start in the past five years (and the missed start was due to a positive COVID test) and had a PFF grade of 78.7 last year.

The Bengals’ new-look offensive line is mostly set but the one iffy spot is at left guard. Tretter doesn’t play left guard but adding the former Packers and Browns center could allow Ted Karras to slide over to left guard while Tretter takes the starting center spot.

This would then give Cincinnati four newcomers to their revamped offensive line and while it’d take some time for them to get used to playing with each other, it’d likely work out well for them once they did get used to each other. They’d boast one of the best offensive lines in the league with Tretter as the leader in the middle.

At this point, it feels as though the Bengals are happy with the moves they made at o-line and they should be. Adding Tretter though would give them that one last piece that could make their offensive line a dangerous force in 2022.

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Would you want to see any of these free agents join the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022?