Bengals won’t pick up Cedric Ogbuehi’s option

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Teams need to make decisions on whether to exercise fifth-year options on 2015 first-round draft picks before Thursday and Bengals tackle Cedric Ogbuehi won’t be getting his picked up.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Bengals have opted not to go that route. The option, which is guaranteed for injury only, would set Ogbuehi up to make $9.625 million for the 2019 season.

Ogbuehi was the 21st overall pick in the 2015 draft and rode the bench as a rookie before taking over at right tackle in 2016. He started 12 games and ended the year on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He moved to the left side last year after Andrew Whitworth left as a free agent, but his play on both sides did little to suggest he’s a long-term answer.

If that should change this season, Ogbuehi will hit the open market next March with a shot to land a longer and/or more lucrative contract but will need to winning a starting job before that’s something to think about.

16 responses to “Bengals won’t pick up Cedric Ogbuehi’s option

  1. He has been a HUGE disappointment, however as a Bengals fan I’m sure we’ll find that Frank Pollack can turn him into a pro bowler and he’ll leave after this year for a rich contract somewhere else and they’ll be back to square one next year.

  2. No Surprise here. He hasn’t really done anything worth picking the option up. He’s fighting for a job now with Glenn on the left and Fisher on the right.

  3. At this point, they’re waiting to see if Pollack can install a scheme (and attitude) which better fits what he can do. If it works out and he turns into a decent (or better) lineman, then they’ll talk, but it’s smart not to commit to him. He’s also not versatile; he’s kind of a tackle or nothing, so he’s going to have to get a lot better before they’ll consider trying to keep him.

  4. This might be the first time the Bengals front office made a decision that 100% of the fan base will agree with

  5. best off-season move…..

    ……getting rid of OL coach Paul Alexander; it was him that wanted Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher so badly. The Bengals are truly regretting letting Whitworth walk, that whole OL has been a disaster ever since……..

  6. “with a shot to land a longer and/or more lucrative contract…”

    Longer? Perhaps. More lucrative? No way.

  7. So many people don’t understand how much coaching and scheme play in the success of athletes. Frank Pollack may very well be the difference. He was pretty successful at guard in college, too. I think that he will improve this season if he remains vigilant and works hard. He is athletically talented even if he is used only for the heavy package as a tackle/end.

  8. I would go a school far to say he is the biggest draft bust for the Bengals since 2008’s Keith Rivers, possible even Emmanuel King 1985. Now he still has this year to turn it around but he has shown next to nothing to instill any kind of faith in his ability.

  9. vexdream says:
    May 2, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    So many people don’t understand how much coaching and scheme play in the success of athletes. Frank Pollack may very well be the difference. He was pretty successful at guard in college, too. I think that he will improve this season if he remains vigilant and works hard. He is athletically talented even if he is used only for the heavy package as a tackle/end.
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    Pollack wants big nasty maulers. Ogbuehi is a cream puff.

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