5 free agents with ties to the Cincinnati Bengals

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Trey Hopkins

Trey Hopkins was a feel-good story for the Cincinnati Bengals. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas following the 2016 NFL Draft, Hopkins ended up becoming a consistent starter for the stripes by his second year in the league.

Hopkins started off at right guard but by 2018, his third year in the league, he was the starting center for the Bengals. This is a job he held for the next four seasons and one that he was pretty darn good at up until this past year.

In the final game of the 2020 season, Hopkins was injured and he wasn’t the same this past season because of the lingering effects of that injury. The team eventually released him to save money, which was the right decision considering they added Ted Karras in free agency to play center.

Hopkins might not be starting-caliber anymore but he’d still be a reasonable backup option for whichever team signs him.