The Cincinnati Bengals entered free agency needing to keep at least one of Larry Ogunjobi/B.J. Hill.
It didn’t take long for this to sort itself out, as Ogunjobi landed a big three-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
And now, Hill is re-signing with the Bengals on a lucrative three-year deal.
The #Bengals keep a big one: BJ Hill gets 3 years and $30mil with $15mil in year one.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2022
A fifth-year player in 2022, Hill turned out to be a game-changing acquisition while helping lead the Bengals to Super Bowl LVI. In 16 regular-season games (two starts), he recorded 5.5 sacks, 50 total tackles, six tackles for loss and 12 QB hits.
Hill’s most memorable play came in the AFC Championship when he intercepted Patrick Mahomes, leading to the Bengals’ game-tying score before they won in overtime 27-24.
In four playoff games, Hill also had 1.5 sacks, three QB hits, two tackles for loss and 13 total tackles while playing at least 77% of the defensive snaps in every game. He finished the 2021 season with a 70.4 Pro Football Focus grade.
Hill joined the Bengals in a trade with the New York Giants last season that saw former first-round pick Billy Price sent to the G-Men. I’d say that deal worked out wonderfully for Cincinnati.
Looking ahead, Hill figures to remain the second starting defensive tackle next to D.J. Reader, especially now that Ogunjob is heading to Chicago. Along with Reader, Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard, the Bengals now have easily one of the NFL’s most expensive defensive lines, and rightfully so after how well they performed last season.
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