The Morgan Moses dream is now officially dead.
With the Cincinnati Bengals clearly making it a point to upgrade the offensive line this offseason, they had a potential option emerge recently in Moses, who was cut by the Washington Football Team, and he immediately became the best free agent o-lineman.
However, Cincinnati never appeared to show any interest in Moses, who just agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets. Washington Post reporter Sam Fortier broke the news first.
RT Morgan Moses is signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets, per source.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) June 25, 2021
Moses, a third-round pick from the 2014 NFL Draft via the Virginia Cavaliers, has started every game for Washington for the last six seasons. Only once did he finish a season with a Pro Football Focus grade of 65.0 or less (64.4 in 2018).
The 30-year-old Moses finished last season with an outstanding 80.6 PFF grade, which would have been the best of any Bengals o-lineman since Andrew Whitworth in 2016 (83.9).
The good news is the Bengals did sign Riley Reiff to play right tackle while Jonah Williams mans the left side. Had the Bengals signed Moses, Reiff would have likely kicked inside to guard, something he’s admitted he’s willing to do to help his team win.
Now, the Bengals will have to hope that two of Michael Jordan, Billy Price, Quinton Spain, Jackson Carman, Xavier Su’a-Filo and/or Trey Hill step up and lock down the guard spots, which have been a major weakness for several years now.
Here’s to hoping new offensive line coach Frank Pollack, who was with the Jets for the last two seasons, ends up being a more impactful addition.