The Cincinnati Bengals will be hosting free agent offensive guard Cody Ford on a visit, as the team looks to add to a roster that has been largely overhauled in recent months.
The Bengals, who are coming off of a 2-14 season and have made sweeping changes to the front office, coaching staff and roster, are hoping to find a player to help bolster their offensive line. Ford, who played college football at Oklahoma, is an intriguing option.
At 6-foot-4 and 329 pounds, Ford is a big, powerful lineman who excels both in pass protection and as a run blocker. He was a standout in college, earning All-Big 12 honors in each of his three years at Oklahoma, and he was named a first-team All-American in 2018. He also has experience at both left guard and right tackle.
Ford was drafted in the second round (38th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, for whom he played three seasons. He appeared in 24 games, starting 21 of them. He started all 16 games in 2020, helping to anchor an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (20).
The Bengals have made no secret of their desire to upgrade their offensive line, and Ford could be a great addition. He has the size, strength and experience to make an immediate impact, and he could be a key piece of the puzzle as the Bengals look to rebuild their offense.
It remains to be seen whether the Bengals and Ford will come to an agreement, but it’s clear that Cincinnati is looking to add some veteran leadership to their offensive line. Ford could prove to be the perfect fit.