3 moves the Cincinnati Bengals should make to ensure Joe Burrow doesn’t hold out

LSU football QB Joe Burrow (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 24: Jack Conklin #78 of the Tennessee Titans blocks during the first half of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Jaguars 42-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Sign Jack Conklin to play right tackle

Jonah Williams will be the Bengals’ left tackle in 2020. And Trey Hopkins will be at center.

Beyond that?

It’s messy.

The main reason that top young quarterbacks struggle in their first few years is usually because they’re playing behind a porous offensive line (just ask Andrew Luck about that).

Signing Jack Conklin, who likely isn’t returning to the Titans, would be a major boost for the Bengals’ offensive line.

Conklin missed a significant amount of time in 2018 due to injuries, which led to Tennessee declining his fifth year option.

In 2019, however, Conklin played all 16 games and proved to be one of the Titans’ more reliable offensive linemen. The Titans would probably like to have Conklin back, but they have to save some cash to keep Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill. That means Conklin will probably hit the open market.

Signing Conklin would show Burrow that Cincinnati is committed to protecting the quarterback.