La’el Collins: I told Joe Burrow, your new bodyguard is in town, no one’s touching you

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New Bengals offensive tackle La'el Collins is saying all the things Joe Burrow, and Bengals fans, want to hear.

Collins, who signed Sunday, has been talking to Burrow during his negotiations and was eager to let Burrow know as soon as he reached a contract agreement that his pass protection should be better in 2022.

“I told him, ‘Yeah, your new bodyguard is in town,'” Collins said, via Bengals.com. “No one’s touching you.”

Collins spent the last couple days in Cincinnati and said he was impressed with how passionate Bengals fans have been, recognizing him everywhere he went even though he was wearing a mask, and urging him to sign with the team.

“This fan base has been amazing,” Collins said. “They embraced me since I got on my flight [from Dallas] here. It means so much to me to feel that love and appreciation for me as a player and respect for knowing what I bring to the table and I’m just looking forward to making sure they can get a return on the investment. I can’t wait.”

The 28-year-old Collins had played his entire NFL career for the Cowboys until they cut him last week in a salary cap move. Now the Bengals, a team that might have won the Super Bowl with a better offensive line, are hoping that Collins will prove to be a difference maker in his second NFL stop.

15 responses to “La’el Collins: I told Joe Burrow, your new bodyguard is in town, no one’s touching you

  1. Big free agent signings rarely work out, they’re paying for his past performance while getting degraded future performance

  2. “I told him, ‘Yeah, your new bodyguard is in town,’” Collins said, via Bengals.com. “No one’s touching you.”

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    That’s awesome!

  3. Yeah, first game of the season, they might want to max protect or roll away from Collins. Statements like that amp defenders up.

  4. Things are shaping up nicely for the Cincinnati Bengals, Collins vs. Garrett part two will be must-see TV.

  5. who dey…who dey..who dey say they gonna beat them bengals….who dey!!

  6. A top 10/12 tackle is a great pickup. Certainly not the same old stuff from the Bengals. Loving what the future could hold for this team. Who Day!

  7. ksiner46 says:
    March 21, 2022 at 6:26 am
    Big free agent signings rarely work out, they’re paying for his past performance while getting degraded future performance
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    This isn’t remotely a “big” signing. They’re getting an above average guy that’s a big upgrade over the turnstile they had in the superbowl, but not spending a ton on it.

  8. Collins is a good player. What a great move to add without having to trade for him. Saves an extra draft pick as well.

  9. Yeah, first game of the season, they might want to max protect or roll away from Collins. Statements like that amp defenders up.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________What do you expect him to say? “Your new turnstile is in town. We’re gonna see if we can get the sack total down into the low 60’s”. What a player says will rarely “amp defenders up”. There isn’t a defender in the league, that will take a statement like that personal. They might have a sly comment after a sack but they are not gonna be any more amped up than normal as a result it. They expect there O-linemen to have the same attitude.

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