Bengals add Trey Hendrickson

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Carl Lawson has left Cincinnati. Trey Hendrickson has taken his place.

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.

24 responses to “Bengals add Trey Hendrickson

  1. One hit wonder? Hopefully this guy isn’t another one hit wonder. Can who-dat nation fill in who-dey nation on this guy? Why so little production before last year?

  2. Btw, stop saying this is “uncharacteristic”. The Bengals splurged in free agency last year. Gave big deals to DJ Reader and Trae Waynes.

  3. Lawson goes from the Bengals to the Jets. Poor guy. And Hendrickson goes from the Saints to the Bengals. Ouch! That’s the initial reaction, right? But the future could be much different from the past. The Saints are without a QB. That could turn into a mess. The Bengals have a young elite stud QB in Joe Burrow. They can turn things around quickly, and be very competitive and exciting. The Jets have new coach and Sam Darnold is a great QB if they can put a few players around him and manage that team correctly. So, no need to feel sorry for Hendrickson and Lawson. It’s the Saints fans that could be wearing bags over their heads soon.

  4. Same deal? Lawson must have wanted a change in scenery. Kid seems like a good piece.

  5. 13.5 sacks, not 15.5

    Here’s the deal with T-Rex….he’s a great cleanup guy and if you have a line with dudes like Cam Jordan and David Onyemata bullying the other team’s OL around, he will get sacks.

    If you’re counting on him to be “the man” and generate a high number of pressures and beat double teams, well….that’s not gonna happen.

  6. Bengals before free agency: Let’s sign Carl Lawson.

    Bengals during free agency: Let’s give a lesser player than Lawson the same money but one additional year than what Lawson got from the Jets.

    They had $40+ million in cap space and signed the 7th best best DE available to $15 million a year but wouldn’t pay Thuney $16 million a year to protect their franchise QB who ran for his life every play last year. This is why the Bengals are the Bengals.

  7. dasublime69oz says:
    March 15, 2021 at 10:36 pm
    One hit wonder? Hopefully this guy isn’t another one hit wonder. Can who-dat nation fill in who-dey nation on this guy? Why so little production before last year
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    He’s improved every year since being drafted. The more snaps he’s gotten, the more sacks he’s made. He’s high motor, high energy, and I definitely think his best years are in front of him. The Bengals are getting a good football player and the Saints would have given him a fat contract and kept him if they had the cap space to do it. I think Bengals fans are going to end up loving having T-Rex on their team.

  8. They obviously had to keep or replace Lawson, so this is OK. But if they don’t sign at least one, probably 2 starting O-linemen then they are going to be forced to hope for Sewell or reach for slater. Either scenario leaves Joe Burrow with almost the same line that got him killed last year, plus a rookie. I’ll be pretty disappointed if they don’t get another tackle before the draft, and I’m not talking about a bobby hart trash level tackle.

  9. Replaced an A- player with a B- player. Put that same line around Lawson and watch his sacks double. Lawson is much better at applying consistent pressure. Pairing the two would have made more sense, but alas one step forward, two steps back. At least they splurged on O-line first…

  10. dasublime69oz says:
    March 15, 2021 at 10:36 pm
    One hit wonder? Hopefully this guy isn’t another one hit wonder. Can who-dat nation fill in who-dey nation on this guy? Why so little production before last year?

    18 3 Rate This

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    Hard worker, good locker room guy – that said, while we wanted to keep him, I don’t think he was seen as a game wrecker worth that type of money long term. I think he benefited by (1 lots of o-line double teams given to perennial Pro Bowler Cam Jordan (who is beginning to age out), (2) stout middle linebacker play by Demario Davis (3) o-line attention given to Marcus Davenport, who has the length and talent to be a game wrecker but has shown only flashes due to injury, and (4) quiet but solid d-line play from Shedon Rankins, Shy Tuttle and others. Now that Hendrickson will likely face double teams more often, I’m not sure the return will be worth the investment by the Bengals. That said, I hope he crushes it for y’all.

  11. Funny how people want to judge the Bengals’ free agency period after the first day, saying things like ‘but what about the O-Line’, etc. They needed pass rushers; this guy is young, they signed him for 4 years and he’s been better than Lawson (who I like a lot). They need a lot of things, but pass rusher was one of them. Let them have a couple of weeks, please.

  12. I liked Lawson but the guy seemed to continually jump off sides and allow opposing teams to continue drives. When he was in on third downs, the QB only needed to step up in the pocket as Carl’s only move appears to be the outside rush. I rarely saw an inside move with the guy, lets not act like he was an LT in the making.

  13. mikefloreo says:
    Bengals during free agency: Let’s give a lesser player than Lawson the same money but one additional year than what Lawson got from the Jets.
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    You’re sort of assuming they wouldn’t have given Lawson $15M per year. Remember Marvin Jones turned down more money from the Bengals to go to a terrible Lions team, simply because he wanted out, wanted a different scheme, wanted to be the man. We have no idea what Lawson turned down before heading to NY, and once he went there they HAD to sign someone to replace him.

  14. Hey Bengals fans who are idiots – they will sign more players, including o-linemen. You can’t force a free agent to accept an offer. Thuney went to one of the best offenses in the league – can’t blame him for that.

  15. Lou Anarumo could reduce LT to some slappy from New Haven. I’d rather have Lawson, I don’t understand dying on a 4 year contract hill. I looked at Hendrickson’s 2020 highlights. A lot of coverage sacks, a lot of effort sacks. Those are good, but he’s not an edge rusher like Lawson.

    That said, I’ll reiterate, with the DQ manager they have at dc, it doesn’t matter.

  16. I like Trey and hope he works out for the Bengals. He is a high effort guy who got most of his sacks due to great coverage. Is that worth 15m a year? maybe, maybe not. I doubt the Bengals will get the same production, but they will get a guy that works hard and gives max effort. I liked him on the Saints. He was not in the same league as Cam Jordan, mostly because he was lacking against the run, but its hard to dislike a guy with his motor.

  17. charliecharger says:
    March 15, 2021 at 11:06 pm
    Lawson goes from the Bengals to the Jets. Poor guy. And Hendrickson goes from the Saints to the Bengals. Ouch! That’s the initial reaction, right? But the future could be much different from the past. The Saints are without a QB. That could turn into a mess. The Bengals have a young elite stud QB in Joe Burrow. They can turn things around quickly, and be very competitive and exciting. The Jets have new coach and Sam Darnold is a great QB if they can put a few players around him and manage that team correctly. So, no need to feel sorry for Hendrickson and Lawson. It’s the Saints fans that could be wearing bags over their heads soon.

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    The Saints still have a load of talent, so relax on burying them quite yet. That said, I dont feel sorry for Trey, he got 2x the money from the Bengals that the Saints ever would have paid him.

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