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49ers Star Defensive Tackle Arik Armstead Becoming Free Agent, Giving Bengals Another Target

The 30-year-old is set to hit free agency.

CINCINNATI — The Bengals are on the hunt for a star defensive tackle and one of the best in the NFL is hitting the market.

Arik Armstead is going to be released according to Jordan Schultz. He's coming off of a productive season for the 49ers. The 30-year-old had five sacks and 27 tackles in 12 games. He played through a torn meniscus and underwent surgery to repair it following the Super Bowl. He’s expected to make a full recovery ahead of training camp.

The 49ers asked Armstead to take a pay cut according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. He was scheduled to make $17.41 million in 2024. Instead, Armstead opted to become a free agent.

This gives the Bengals another potential target in free agency. The former first round pick has 33.5 career sacks. 

Will he get top of the market money? Christian Wilkins is considered the top free agent defensive tackle. Armstead is probably a tier lower than Wilkins, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a huge boost to a Bengals' defensive tackle room that needs more juice. 

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