NFL fans that tuned in to the playoffs saw Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow down in the backfield at some point. He was sacked an NFL postseason record 19 times across four games, which included seven sacks in the Super Bowl. Something obviously has to change up front.
The Bengals are projected to have the fourth-most available cap space this offseason and should prioritize upgrading Burrow's protection. It is crucial to keep their franchise QB upright and healthy. With that in mind, here are three offensive linemen Cincinnati needs to sign in free agency.
Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Line
1. Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints
Cincinnati should be searching for a veteran lineman first and foremost in the offseason. Having someone that is capable of using their experience in the NFL to mentor other players would be greatly appreciated on a young Bengals roster. Terron Armstead fits that mould to a tee. The nine-year pro has been a pillar up front for the New Orleans Saints throughout his career and has been named to three Pro Bowls. His demands will likely be too high for New Orleans to meet, but not too high for the Bengals. Armstead could slide into a starting tackle spot alongside Jonah Williams and create a valuable one-two punch up front. There's no doubt it would be a step in the right direction.
2. Austin Corbett, Los Angeles Rams
The Bengals would benefit from bringing in more than one offensive lineman, which makes finding a cheaper option important. Los Angeles Rams guard Austin Corbett is only 26 years old and fresh off a Super Bowl title. He has given up only 5 sacks over the course of three NFL seasons, but will likely fly under the radar in a stacked free agent class. The former second-round pick's steady improvement at the guard position has allowed him to blossom into a reliable starter. In fact, he hasn't missed a single game since the start of the 2020 season. Corbett's path to where he is now was anything but easy, which makes him the perfect fit in Cincinnati.
3. Brandon Scherff, Washington Commanders
Go big or go home, right? Brandon Scherff is widely respected as one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL and is going to draw interest from a ton of teams in free agency. Not many of them can match Cincinnati's combination of money and success, though. Scherff has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons with the Washington Commanders and would become an immediate starter for the Bengals. Signing him would give head coach Zac Taylor someone he knows he can trust to protect Burrow. After all, Scherff did not give up a single sack during the 2021 season. The seven-year pro's dominance cannot be overstated.
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