CINCINNATI — The Bengals reached out to former Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner nearly two months ago after the first wave of free agency. Talks went nowhere and Cincinnati chose to re-sign veteran Quinton Spain to a one-year deal.
Since then, Turner hasn't come close to signing with a team. The Bengals could use another veteran in the offensive line room.
They added right tackle Riley Reiff and drafted three offensive linemen, including Jackson Carman—who's projected to start at guard.
Their offseason moves shouldn't prevent them from signing a proven veteran like Turner, who is reportedly seeking a $2-3 million contract according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic.
Turner is coming off of his worst season as a pro. He only played in nine games for the Chargers and dealt with ankle and groin injuries for most of the year. Los Angeles released him in March.
Cincinnati signed Spain to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. Adding Turner for less than double the price would make sense because it would give the Bengals another option at guard.
The veteran wouldn't be making starter money, so the Bengals could be comfortable signing him to bolster their depth in the trenches. Cincinnati's staff wasn't impressed by Turner's 2020 tape, but at some point the five-time Pro Bowler becomes a low-risk, value signing. It seems like we're getting closer and closer to that being the case, especially if he's willing to sign for around $2 million.
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