Marvin Lewis “optimistic” about re-signing Andrew Whitworth

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The Bengals drafted offensive tackles in the first and second round of the 2015 draft with the idea that Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher would allow them to transition to a future that didn’t feature Andrew Whitworth anchoring the left side of the offensive line.

Neither player did much to threaten Whitworth in their first two NFL seasons and the Bengals aren’t in a hurry to part ways with a player who has started 164 games for the team over the last 11 years. They began talks to re-sign Whitworth after the end of the regular season and those conversations haven’t doused hope that he’ll be back in 2017.

Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday, via Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer, that the team is “optimistic” about their chances of re-signing their left tackle. Doing so would keep a top option for tackle-needy teams off the open market, although we’re close enough to the “legal tampering” window that Whitworth may want to hear from other clubs about what they are willing to offer.

Right guard Kevin Zeitler is the other starter destined for free agency. The 2012 first-round pick is expected to have a strong market in free agency and keeping both may be too much for the Bengals to hope for this offseason.

20 responses to “Marvin Lewis “optimistic” about re-signing Andrew Whitworth

  1. I hope they sign Whit and it would be nice if Mike Brown would open up his wallet a little wider so they could sign Zeitler, who is still young and is excellent. The Steelers put up the cash to sign their star guard, but Brown still undervalues that position.

  2. Dalton should renegotiate his deal to free up some cap space to allow them to keep both! Losing your 2 best O-Linemen is not good. Losing the 3rd best one last year (Smith) cost them big-time. I hope that they learned something.

  3. sbh33 says:
    Dalton should renegotiate his deal to free up some cap space to allow them to keep both! Losing your 2 best O-Linemen is not good. Losing the 3rd best one last year (Smith) cost them big-time. I hope that they learned something.
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    In 2016 Andy Dalton was the 23rd highest paid QB. He may not be a top 10 QB, but he’s at least top 15 and as these guys get new deals, he will be drastically underpaid.

    Also, Andre Smith was trash.

  4. “The Bengals drafted offensive tackles in the first and second round of the 2015 draft with the idea that Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher would allow them to transition to a future that didn’t feature Andrew Whitworth anchoring the left side of the offensive line.”

    The thought process was good, the draft execution – not so much. Whitworth is 35. Wonder if they will draft an offensive tackle early this year.

  5. Apparently he’s just as optimistic that he will never get fired no matter how many times he gets blown out in first round or misses playoffs all together. It’s good to be Marvin Lewis

  6. If Whitworth had any brains he would run as far away from the loser Marvin Lewis and Brown family as he can. Save your career big man. Call Mr. Belichek

  7. Bengals have $40 million in cap space. Considering they have 11 draft picks, possibly 12 if they trade McCarron, they’re looking at roughly 11.25 million to sign their 2017 draft class. (Not taking into account if they trade McCarron).

    That still leaves 28.75 million to resign their own FA’s.
    Maybe knock off another 5 million for injury settlements/late season additions. Still 23.75 million.

    Cut Adam Jones and Rey Maualuga and save 9.45 million. 🙂 You’re back over 33 million to sign whoever.

  8. nhpats says:
    Mar 3, 2017 5:26 PM
    If I were a Bengals’ fan I wouldn’t be optimistic about Marvin Lewis….

    Instead, you’re a troll obsessed with the Bengals, (especially Andy Dalton), for some odd reason. :/

  9. Just like the Bengals to blow their free agency wad bringing back the same guys that endlessly fail while developing players for their peak success with other teams. Mike Brown in a nutshell.

  10. Optimistic? Or to put it more accurately – to ultimately replace rather than pay Whitworth big money in 2017, Marvin used 2 draft picks in 2015 that haven’t worked out, and so he now has to pay Whitworth big bucks anyway – and perhaps even more on top because with that recent lack of drafted success Whitworth now knows they’re even more keen to keep him. So this story should be about poor/costly drafting (or poor training) rather than one of upbeat optimism .

  11. Marvin Lewis without an extension will be the fall guy so the new 2018 coach can start a rebuilding program with little expectations.

    If Whitworth and Zeitler leave, with the two tackles that could not produce last year, and with Bodine at Center, the Bengals are going to need more than three QBs as every time they go to pass, the QB will be thrown to the ground and eventualy injured. I can see a return to the Carson Palmer days, audibling to run plays every passing down, for fear of getting killed.

    If I were Dalton, I’d demand a trade.

  12. If I were one of the other AFC North teams, I’d go after Whitworth and Zeither as it would gain a good player and remove one from Cincinnati, helping the signing team win the divison.

    Even though the Bengals have a lot of Draft picks, most are Round 4 or later and the liklihood of finding a rookie starter is low. They don’t have enough high picks this year to replenish what was lost last year and this off-season.

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