The Cincinnati Bengals finally did it. They added an offensive lineman and cut Bobby Hart. That lineman is former Vikings veteran Riley Reiff.
Given that Cincinnati’s line is relatively inexperienced, the Bengals adding a player that’s been in the league for almost a decade is crucial for the overall success of their line and consequently Joe Burrow’s success as well.
Reiff has been in the league since being a first-round draft pick in 2012. The 23rd-overall pick in that draft, Reiff has totaled 127 starts and has at least ten in each of the last eight seasons.
That said, here’s the breakdown of what he’ll be getting from Cincinnati.
The Bengals deal with Riley Reiff is for one year and is worth $7.5M, with $5.5M guaranteed, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 19, 2021
Reiff made clear today that the team told him he’d be playing right tackle. A quality addition for his play and his mentorship along a young OL.
Reiff is going to the starting right tackle as Yates noted.
“Reiff ranked 37th in pass block win rate (an ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen Stats) when lined up as a tackle,” ESPN’s Ben Baby wrote. With only eight penalties in over 1,000 snaps, Reiff is a consistent, solid threat for the Bengals.
The team will have Michael Jordan, Billy Price, Jonah Williams, and Xavier Su’a-Filo in the starting unit as well unless they bring in Penei Sewell from Oregon, the top projected lineman in the upcoming draft.
They thankfully finally added offensive line help after Joe Burrow, who was injured in Week 11, ranked in the top ten in sacks taken, and to be fair, if you watch the Bengals much, you could tell their game plan was to typically get it out of Burrow’s hands quickly.
With Reiff coming to the Queen City, it feels like things are starting to turn the corner for Cincinnati. That said, do you approve of Cincinnati adding Reiff given his $7.5 million deal?
Did the Bengals make the right move by adding Riley Reiff?
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