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A return to Bengals sounds unlikely for Andrew Whitworth

The former Bengal expressed his desire to remain with the Los Angeles Rams for next season.

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The Cincinnati Bengals need help on the offensive line. Some things never change.

The offensive line was easily one of the worst units on the team. With the Bengals mere two-win season a reality at this point, it’s easy to consider the team’s offensive line one of the worst units in pro football.

Well, it just so happens a former All-Pro tackle that spent over a decade in Cincinnati is back on the market. That player is none other than Rams’ 6-foot-7 tackle Andrew Whitworth.

“Hopefully, the opportunity will be here. Obviously, anytime you’re a free agent, you’ve got to listen to everything and figure out what’s best for you. But of course, for me and my family, being a Ram would be No. 1, without question,” Whitworth said according Los Angeles Times’ Gary Klein.

Whitworth is 38 years old. Back when he was 35, the Bengals low-balled him on an offer, a situation he later discussed. Having multiple offers in that free agency period, the now four-time Pro Bowler chose Los Angeles and hasn’t looked back.

It’s likely that he’ll stay there, although the Bengals have the money freed up to pay the former stud tackle.

Combining a healthy Jonah Williams and Whitworth would be a dream come true for the Bengals, especially if they saw Joe Burrow taken with the No. 1 overall pick.

Some things are just too good to be true though.

The culture changed when Whitworth left. His last season, the Bengals won six games, and they’ve had three more losing seasons since his departure. Whitworth’s exodus changed so much more than just the offensive line.

A reunion is unlikely unless the Bengals throw some crazy money at the veteran tackle.