Cincinnati Bengals Free Agency: Which Right Tackles Could Be Fits?

Jonah Williams isn't going to be back with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2024, so the team should use free agency and the draft to replace him.

CINCINNATI — When it comes to ranking the probability of offseason moves for the Cincinnati Bengals, using the franchise tag on Tee Higgins and letting Jonah Williams walk in free agency are Nos. 1 and 1A on the list.

Actually, “letting” may not be the correct word for the Williams situation. Even if the Bengals try to keep him, Williams is as good as gone.

Free Agent Right Tackles the Bengals Could Target

It felt like that was the case last March when the team signed Orlando Brown Jr. and forced Williams to move to right tackle. And it was even more apparent in the way Williams spoke in the week leading up to the season finale and the day after the game.

He didn’t come right out and say there was no way he would be back, but it wasn’t hard to decipher his thoughts.

All expectations are that the Bengals will select a tackle early in the draft. But given their track record in drafting and developing offensive linemen, it would make sense for them to sign one in free agency as well.

Cody Ford and Max Scharping are free agents, and it would make sense for the Bengals to try to bring them back, especially with their position versatility. But the front office should also be looking for an outside veteran with starting experience who will be a fraction of the cost of what Williams will command.

Here is a look at some possible fits.

Jermaine Eluemunor, Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders allowed Eluemunor to explore free agency last year before re-signing him to a one-year, $3 million deal a week after the legal tampering period began.

A fifth-round pick in 2017, Eluemunor made just 14 career starts before becoming the Raiders’ starting right tackle in 2022, and he was back in that role in 2023. He’s not a long-term answer, but he would be a good bridge player for whatever rookie the Bengals draft.

He was Pro Football Focus’ 14th highest-graded right tackle last season, but Eluemunor also has starting experience at guard, which would be an added benefit for a team looking to bolster its depth.

Eluemunor should be available for close to the $3 million the Raiders paid him in 2023.

Trent Brown, New England Patriots

The 2015 seventh-round pick has carved out an impressive nine-year career that includes 93 starts, a Pro Bowl, and a Super Bowl title.

Brown has played left tackle for the Patriots the last years — and he did so in his first stint with them in 2018 when they won the Super Bowl — but he’s been a right tackle everywhere else he’s played.

Last year, in his age-30 season, Brown was PFF’s 13th-highest-graded tackle. Spotrac doesn’t have a market value listing for him, but he signed a two-year, $13 million contract with New England in 2022.

Chukwuma Okorafor, Pittsburgh Steelers

A cap casualty earlier this week ahead of the final year of the three-year, $29.2 million deal he signed before 2022, Okorafor does not have to wait until the start of the new league year to sign with another team.

A third-round pick in 2018, Okorafor started 59 games during his six seasons in Pittsburgh.

George Fant, Houston Texans

I had Noah Fant on the list of possibly tight-end targets, so perhaps the Bengals could sign both brothers. George is older than Eluemunor and Brown. He’ll turn 32 a few days before training camp starts.

Like Brown, Fant has starting experience at both left and right tackle, but he’s primarily been on the right side the last two seasons with the Texans. His 2023 contract was identical to Eluemunor’s — one year, $3 million.

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