CINCINNATI— The Bengals are close to reaching a deal for right tackle La’el Collins, according to All Bengals league sources.
The 28-year-old is in Cincinnati to visit the team. He met and spent a lot of time with Zac Taylor, Joe Burrow and other members of the organization on Friday.
“It’s close to the finish line,” a source said.
Bengals offensive line coach Frank Pollack coached Collins at Dallas for three seasons (2015-17).
“I had a great relationship with LC. I love him to death. He definitely fits the mold of a glass eater,” Pollack said Friday. “Look at his tape, it’s clearly evident. He’s naughty and he was a lot of fun to train. So we’ll see with all that.”
It’s unclear whether Cincinnati will sign Collins to a multi-year deal or a short-team contract, but things are moving in the right direction.
The Bengals signed veteran offensive linemen Alex Cappa and Ted Karras this week. Bringing Collins into the fold would completely change the perception of a unit that has come under heavy criticism in recent seasons.
They struggled to protect Burrow in 2021. The star quarterback was sacked 70 times in 20 games [including playoffs].
Collins could certainly help protect Burrow and fortify an offensive line that was a major weakness last season. Things are progressing, but they are not over.
Look for the Bengals and Collins to potentially finalize things on Saturday. He has no further visits scheduled at this time, which bodes well for both parties finding common ground and agreeing a contract.
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