CINCINNATI – Former Bengals defender Carl Lawson signed a $ 45 million three-year deal with the Jets in Free Agency last month.
Shortly after agreeing with New York, Cincinnati turned the deal over and signed a four-year $ 60 million deal with Trey Hendrickson.
League executives and evaluators are questioning the move, according to a recent article published by The Athletic’s Mike Sando.
“I thought it was a drastic overpayment for Hendrickson,” an appraiser told Sando. “It’s solid, tough, and instinctive, but it’s not explosive. Sometimes you watch the games and wonder how he got into this production. “
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Hendrickson had a career high of 13.5 sacks for the Saints in 2020. In his last 30 games, he only had 6.5 bags.
The Bengals are betting that the 26-year-old will develop further and become a dominant edge rusher. You’ll also like its versatility and ability to stop the run.
It’s a big risk. It’s also one that Cincinnati should have taken. Locking Henderson in has been critical to a defense hoping to take several steps forward this season.
The Bengals also brought in Larry Ogunjobi, who was supposed to increase their internal rush to pass.
If Henderson is productive and becomes a centerpiece of the Bengals’ future, he’s worth every penny of that huge $ 60 million contract. Cincinnati believes it will. People in the league have their concerns.
Time will tell if the Bengals got it right with Hendrickson.
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