The second day of free agency unfolded a lot less decisively than the first for the Bengals on Wednesday.
That offer sheet they were reportedly supposed to match on restricted free agent
And media reports had left tackle
The deal, which has been bandied about at between $6.5-$7 million per year, is expected by the Tampa media. Collins was in the building during the news conference introducing former Bengal
The Bengals had hoped to re-sign Collins and it’s believed they made an offer. But the fact they don’t appear to be in the negotiating fray points to the comfort level they have with the health of left tackle
With Whitworth counting $6.2 million against this year’s salary cap and right tackle
One known on the offensive line is that
“They made me a center when I went to Arizona State and by the time I left I felt like I was born to play the position,’ said Pollak, who last week earned a three-year deal after starting five games at right guard last season in his first year with the Bengals. “I know there is the draft and free agency to go through, but I’m excited at getting the opportunity to play center.”
Not only is there a looming training camp battle with third-year man
“I like being the guy you can count on. That leadership role fits my personality more,” Pollak said.
Offensive line coach Paul Alexander noted Pollak’s work as a center in the 2008 draft and liked it. He still likes it and his approach.
“Pollak is one of those guys who doesn’t say very much,” Alexander said. “But when he does, he’s on point.”
Despite a blanket of reports Wednesday morning that said the Bengals are going to match Cleveland’s four-year, $12 million offer sheet to Hawkins that could be worth as much as $5 million this year, they had yet to receive the contract Wednesday during business hours. The five-day clock for the Bengals to match doesn’t start ticking until they receive it.
There appeared to be no feel either way, especially since the entirety of the deal was unknown. It looks like a call that’s not cut-and-dried.
Hawkins finished the season as the fourth wide receiver on a team that also has running back
Certainly valuable. How valuable when compared to the role and money? Another factor? The money makes Hawkins the Browns’ unquestioned slot guy, which makes them better, and the Bengals aren’t looking to make an AFC North rival better.