Joe Thuney will not be coming back to Ohio.
Arguably the best offensive lineman to hit the open market this year, Thuney finished this past season with a 74.2 Pro Football Focus grade. Not only have the Cincinnati Bengals struggled mightily at both guard spots, Thuney is also an Ohio native by way of Centerville, which isn’t even an hour drive to Cincinnati.
This is why Thuney-to-Cincinnati was bantered about every since the offseason began, but he opted instead to sign with what should remain a perennial Super Bowl contender in Kansas City.
Saying this, $80 million over five years is a lot of coin for a guard, even if he is one of the NFL’s best. Hopefully, the Bengals are able to find an upgrade at either guard spot that doesn’t break the bank like this deal would.
Joe Thuney pass-blocking stats since 2018:— PFF (@PFF) March 15, 2021
3 sacks allowed pic.twitter.com/Svr4GYFKc0