4 teams that could sign Russell Okung in free agency

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Cincinnati Bengals

The serious injury suffered to No. 1 overall selection Joe Burrow was a devastating blow for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is expected to make a full recovery after folding up his knee during the campaign but if the organization wants to make the most out of his outstanding skill set, they must get more capable pieces on their offensive line.

There is a chance they address this need in the 2021 NFL Draft, especially if Oregon’s Penei Sewell is still on the board. The thought of Burrow linking up with wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is a tempting one, but this is a prospect who could be the best tackle to enter the league in a generation.

If the Bengals pass on Sewell, there is a chance he makes it to the Carolina Panthers at No. 8 overall, which is a can’t miss pick for the franchise. Going down the veteran route in Cincinnati would enable them to get some instant production, which Russell Okung would undoubtedly provide if he rids himself of the injury problems that have blighted him over the last two seasons.

Whether Okung wants to join another rebuild is up for debate. The veteran Pro Bowler no longer needs the money, so he has the luxury of being selective with any opportunities that come his way.

This could see him look towards a team who are in a better position to contend for a Super Bowl, which the Bengals appear some way off at this juncture.