The Bengals have re-signed right tackle Bobby Hart to a three-year $21 million contract. You read that right: $21 million for three years.
Hart was a very weak link last year on the offensive line, and it was abundantly clear most of the snaps he played. At times it didn’t even look like he belonged on the field, and he was a major liability more often than not, whether it was his poor play or dumb penalties.
However, Cincinnati has opted to commit to Hart for what appears to be the long term. While we still don’t know the full details, it looks like Hart is the right tackle for the foreseeable future.
Monday, word broke the Cincinnati Bengals were bringing back right tackle Bobby Hart on a three-year deal worth $21 million.
The response was disastrous, to say the least.
Hart, 24, struggled mightily last season during his first year with the Bengals, playing at right tackle and combining with Alex Redmond to become one of the league’s most penalized offensive lines.
Despite this, a new Bengals coaching staff led by Zac Taylor has signed off on the transaction, presumably with a nod of approval from new offensive line coach Jim Turner.
Twenty-four hours after agreeing to one of the most surprising free-agent deals in Bengals history, offensive tackle Bobby Hart was all smiles Tuesday afternoon, blissfully unaware of the firestorm of hand-wringing, fist-shaking, spittle-soaring rage his new three-year contract had produced on social media – and right here on this site.
Of all the questions the Bengals faced in preparing for the official start of free agency Wednesday, the one that appeared to be the easiest to answer was moving on from Hart, who consistently struggled at right tackle in his first season with the team.
Hart, in addition to allowing numerous pressures and sacks, committed a team-high 14 penalties, tied for the fourth most in the league behind Redskins tackle Morgan Moses (16), Texans tackle Julie’n Davenport (15) and Bills guard Dion Dawkins (15).