The Bengals have been trying to fix the offensive line for years, and they just locked down one key piece.
On Saturday, the team signed Trey Hopkins to a three-year, $20.4 million extension with $4.5 million guaranteed.
Hopkins’ contract is similar to Bobby Hart’s three-year, $21 million ($5.5 million guaranteed) deal that he signed this offseason. While Hopkins has far surpasses expectations compared to Hart, Hopkins is 27 years old, which might mean the difference between his contract and Harts, which he signed when he was 24.
This is actually a pretty low-risk option for the Bengals, since only a about a fifth of the money is guaranteed.
Hopkins has been one of the best offensive linemen on the roster over the last three years. His versatility and his consistency have helped him go from an undrafted free agent to the Bengals’ starting center.
Over the last several seasons, he’s gone from practice squad to to backup to first lineman off the bench to starter. His ability to play all interior guard spots has been a boost for this struggling offensive line.
With Cordy Glenn’s future still up in the air and the two guard spots in question for next year, the Bengals need some security on the offensive line.
This seems like a no-brainer, but if you disapprove please let us know why in the comments.
Do you approve of the Bengals’ extending Trey Hopkins?
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No, he’s just a spot-starter/backup
No, they should find a center in free agency or the draft
No, he should be paid way more than Bobby Hart