The Bengals know their offensive line needs improvements. It’s not a secret around the league.
Entering the 2020 offseason, there were several options for Cincinnati. With the team’s 2019 first-round pick, Jonah Williams, on the return, the team went out and added Xavier Su’a-Filo.
They may need more, and in the top-half of the NFL in cap space, their next star may soon be hitting the market. According to Vikings reporter Chad Graff. Minnesota may move on from starting tackle Riley Reiff if he doesn’t restructure his contract.
Hearing the Vikings have gone to LT Riley Reiff about re-structuring his contract. If he’s not willing, they may cut him to save more than $8M in cap space.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) August 31, 2020
Sounds like it may not have been a fluke that Brian O’Neill was at LT at practice yesterday.
Riley Reiff, a veteran left tackle, is 31 years old. He’ll be entering his ninth season in the NFL after originally being a first-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Reiff, after being in the Motor City for half a decade, went on to Minnesota, signing a massive five-year, $58.75 million deal with Minnesota in 2017. After three seasons, the Vikings are wanting him to restructure.
The team is open to cutting him if he’s not willing to re-negotiate his contract, according to the report. However, he’s set to have a cap hit over over $13 million, approaching almost $14 million in his final season next year.
Per Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, Reiff told his teammates that he expects to be cut. That said, while he’s not worth the money he’s currently being paid, the Bengals could bring him in at a discount of that $13 million.
The Bengals have a slew of younger offensive lineman they may rather give reps to. This team, behind Joe Burrow, needs to keep their rookie quarterback safe first and foremost. If that means bringing in Reiff, then so be it.
It would be a welcome sight for Burrow as he’d be getting a top-30 offensive tackle.
In terms of pass block grade:— PFF MIN Vikings (@PFF_Vikings) December 20, 2019
Riley Reiff in 2018 was the 46th ranked OT with a 71.3 grade
Brian O'Neill in 2018 was the 65th ranked OT with a 65.5
Riley Reiff in 2019 is the 28th ranked OT with a 74.9
Brian O'Neill in 2019 is the 36th ranked OT with a 71.5
Out of 86 OTs
The Bengals may not end up with Reiff in 2020, but he should at least be a target if he is indeed cut.
So, we ask you, should the Bengals make a move for Riley Reiff?
Should Cincinnati pursue Riley Reiff?
This poll is closed
Yes, whether it’s a trade or sign him as a free agent.
Yes, but only if he’s cut.