Bengals announce signing of La’el Collins

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The Bengals continue to address their biggest weakness.

The team has announced the signing of tackle La'el Collins. The Bengals say it’s a three-year deal.

In six NFL seasons, Collins has appeared in 74 regular-season games, with 71 starts. He spent the 2020 season on injured reserve.

A first-round prospect, Collins tumbled out of the 2015 draft after a murder that caused teams to fear he would become a suspect. That never happened.

The Cowboys pounced, and Collins was a mainstay through last season. The Cowboys released him on March 17 after failing to trade his contract.

The offensive line has been a major liability for the Bengals. The fact that they made it to the Super Bowl despite those issues shows how good they can be, if they can get better blocking.

Terms have not yet emerged. As one source explains it, it’s a “different sort of deal,” and it’s essentially worth $20 million over two years. Eventually, the full specifics will emerge.

10 responses to “Bengals announce signing of La’el Collins

  1. Different sort of deal? Could it be a 2 yr guaranteed, with an optional 3rd year? Why not do a 5 yr 50. which includes 5 mil signing bonus and back load it in yr 4 and 5.

  2. As a whodeylifer, you sure don’t know much about how the Bengals operate. They do front loaded contracts, which keeps them out of salary cap purgatory. They don’t want backloaded contracts and to offer a 5 year deal to a guy who had issues staying on the field whether injury or personal. It’s a win for both sides.

  3. mikefloreo says:
    March 20, 2022 at 8:02 pm
    As a whodeylifer, you sure don’t know much about how the Bengals operate. They do front loaded contracts, which keeps them out of salary cap purgatory. They don’t want backloaded contracts and to offer a 5 year deal to a guy who had issues staying on the field whether injury or personal. It’s a win for both sides.

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    Yep. Correct analysis.

    You just had solid cap room. It’s why he wasn’t dealt by Dallas, too. They gave him a poor contract because Jerrah is a mouthbreathing moron.

    Good pick up for the Bungles.

  4. I watched some of his highlights – he is a beast! Really excited to see what Burrow, Chase & the gang can do with some good blocking.

  5. I don’t know much about this guy. But after the last two years of FA and drafts, I’m believing in this coaching staff and organization. It’s awesome to say that about the Bengals. Change has finally come!

  6. Different regime same results in Chicago, always doing deals on the cheap…look for the Bears to sign Collins in 5 years after his best years are behind him.

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