Tuesday night brought word that guard Clint Boling was close to a deal to remain with the Bengals.
Wednesday brings word that he’s reached that deal. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is a five-year, $26 million pact for the player we ranked at No. 58 in our ranking of this year’s free agents.
Boling has started 44 games for the Bengals over the last three years and rebounded well from the 2013 torn ACL that kept him from playing in every game that the Bengals played in those seasons. His ability as a run blocker should continue to be put to good use in Hue Jackson’s offense.
Boling is the second member of Cincinnati’s offensive line to sign up for more time with the team. Right tackle Eric Winston will also return to the team, although they did suffer one loss to the unit when backup Marshall Newhouse chose to join the Giants.