The Cincinnati Bengals have reached an agreement with former Buffalo Bills guard John Miller, according to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero.
The #Bengals are signing former #Bills guard John Miller to a three-year, $16.5 million deal, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 15, 2019
A three-year starter for the Bills, Miller was a third-round pick back in the 2015 NFL Draft by way of the Louisville Cardinals. Perhaps being close to his college home played a factor in Miller picking Cincinnati.
Miller had an up-and-down career in Buffalo. After starting 12 games as a rookie, he improved in his second season in 2016 as the Bills’ right guard.
But Miller would regress in 2017 and wound up starting just four games before being benched for the rest of the season. Thankfully, 2018 Miller would rebound in 2018, as he started in 15 games and was a respectable starter.
While Pro Football Focus wasn’t high on Miller, he would have been one of Cincinnati’s best linemen:
64.3 for Miller in 2018. That would've made him Cincinnati's highest graded OL. https://t.co/WA4mE0p5gl— JG (@JoeGoodberry) March 14, 2019
Also, this reunites Miller with fellow former Bills lineman Cordy Glenn, who is now the Bengals’ starting left tackle.
By giving Miller that kind of money for three years, it would seemingly indicate the Bengals are planning for Miller to start at right guard over Alex Redmond, who was one of the worst starting guards in football last year. He’d make for a good backup, but the Bengals desperately needed to find a new starter, and it appears they have that in Miller.
Sure, Miller isn’t the big splash Cincinnati fans were hoping for, but he’s an upgrade at a spot that was a major liability in 2019.
At the end of the day, the Bengals are a better team with Miller in the fold.