By Chris Roling
The offensive line remains the biggest need for the Cincinnati Bengals heading into the offseason.
Both tackle spots could be up for grabs as the Bengals seek a makeover under new line coach Frank Pollack, though possible weaknesses at center and guard could also need addressing.
For Pro Football Focus’ Austin Gayle, the “dream splash signing” to help out would be Carolina Panthers guard Andrew Norwell.
“Norwell, PFF’s All-Pro left guard this past season, allowed just 13 hurries in pass protection and earned the fourth-lowest percentage of negatively graded run blocks en route to a career-high 88.8 overall grade in 2017. With four years of high-level play under his belt, Norwell is one of the safest – if not the safest – free agent currently available,” Gayle wrote.
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Norwell would be a huge boon for the Bengals. Trey Hopkins at right guard was a nice story after battling through injuries and trips on and off the practice squad. But he didn’t come close to filling Kevin Zeitler’s cleats and it...