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Pro Football Focus Projects Bengals Sign Intriguing Free-Agent Offensive Lineman

Max Staley
Pro Football Focus' free-agency prediction for the Bengals would be huge for Cincinnati.
Pro Football Focus' free-agency prediction for the Bengals would be huge for Cincinnati. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

With NFL free agency rapidly approaching, teams are cutting down their rosters to free up cap space. That has added some very interesting players to this year's loaded pool of available free agents.

Pro Football Focus has projected one of this year's top available free agents to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals — former New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney.

Joe Thuney Bengals

This move almost makes too much sense. Thuney is one of the most reliable guards in the NFL, having posted an overall ProFootballFocus grade of at least 73.5 in each of the past four seasons. He's also an ironman who has played at least 97% of New England's offensive snaps every year of his career, including three seasons with a 100% snap rate.

That's exactly the type of accountability and production this Bengals' offensive line needs. Last season, Joe Burrow's stellar rookie year was cut short due to a gruesome knee injury. It's fair to wonder if things would've been different were playing behind a better O-Line.

Cincinnati allowed a top-10 sack rate (7.6%) in 2020 while receiving PFF's sixth-lowest team pass-blocking grade. And guard is a particular weak point on that already-weak group.

The team's highest-graded guard in 2020 was Alex Redmond, who received a middling 61.5 overall grade from PFF.

Clearly, Cincinnati's biggest priority this offseason should be improving the pass protection around Joe Burrow. Signing Ohio-native Joe Thuney would do just that.

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