NFL Media reports that the Bengals have agreed to terms with the former Saints pass rusher on a four-year, $60 million deal. The contract pays out $32 million in the first two years.
Hendrickson’s arrival comes after Lawson agreed to terms with the Jets.
A third-round pick in 2017, Hendrickson started 15 regular-season games in 2020 and notched 15.5 sacks. He had 6.5 in three prior seasons combined.
For the Bengals, it’s an uncharacteristic first-day splash. Over four years, the $15 million matches the annual amount on the three-year deal to which Lawson agreed with the Jets.