La’el Collins new bodyguard for Burrow
The former Dallas Cowboy tackle has now finalized details with Cincinnati and will reportedly sign Sunday. His first words to Burrow laid out his plans
The all-out full court press on La’el Collins has worked. He has now officially signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. The veteran offensive tackle comes over from Dallas on a four year deal worth $50 million. Marisa Contipelli, the team reporter for the Bengals reported that the first thing that Collins said to Joe Burrow was, “Your new bodyguard is in town, no one's touching you."
The magnitude of this signing for Cincinnati cannot be overstated. La’el Collins is a monstrous lineman. With his power, he has a fleetness of foot that is unusual in a lineman.
The Bengals offensive line troubles over the last two seasons, their weakness against the pass rush leading directly to Joe Burrow’s horrific knee injury in his rookie season, as well as Cincinnati posting the third most sacks allowed in the league last year. Only the superhuman quality of Burrow and his receivers, notably Ja’marr Chase, has kept them in contention.
The last piece of the puzzle has been the offensive line. Now with the addition of Collins to a line bolstered by new signings Alex Cappa and Ted Karras, this offensive line looks, on paper at least, to be one of the strongest in the NFL.
Making the Super Bowl was, in many ways, a miracle for the Bengals. Perhaps behind the blocking of this offensive line, they can take the next step and win it. Who knows? Maybe all they really needed was a new bodyguard.
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