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Andrew Billings opts out of 2020 season

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Billings was entering his fifth NFL season.

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Former Bengals defensive tackle Andrew Billings won’t be playing this season.

Billings, who signed with the Browns earlier this offseason, has opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus.

Originally selected by the Bengals out of Baylor in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Billings has started 37 of 47 career games with 80 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He missed his entire rookie season due to injury, then had an up-and-down 2017 campaign.

Billings started coming into his own in 2018 when he established himself as the starting nose tackle, and carried that momentum into 2019, finishing with a respectable 69.3 Pro Football Focus grade.

However, the Bengals made a big free agency splash with the addition of D.J. Reader, which effectively spelled the end for Billings’ time in the Queen City. He later signed a one-year, $3.5 million with Cleveland in March.

It’s a good thing the Bengals bypassed on re-signing Billings, as they’ve already lost Josh Tupou (opt-out) and Ryan Glasgow (waived due to failed physical), while second-year man Renell Wren is now on the NFI list. The last thing they needed was a projected starter at defensive tackle to opt out as well.