4 ways that the Bengals won the offseason in 2022

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B.J. Hill earns a big contract

Last year, defensive tackle B.J. Hill was acquired in a trade with the Giants for center Billy Price. Talk about things working out, missing training camp; Hill was able to come in the first game last season and record two sacks against the Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. He started 16 games while recording 5.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits during the season.

The Bengals seeing his potential and knowing he is headed into the prime of his career at age 27, decided to reward him this offseason with a big three-year, $30 million contract over veteran Larry Ogunjobi, who has now signed with the Steelers.

This Bengals coaching staff has focused on keeping the team young, so keeping a quality defensive tackle was a priority. Hill has proven he can be consistent in big games. During the AFC Championship, Hill intercepted Patrick Mahomes. This play put the Bengals in a position to tie the game and eventually win.

With nose tackle D.J Reader and B.J. Hill holding down the middle of the line, they should play an essential role as the Bengals try and build on last year’s Super Bowl appearance.