Left Guard Clint Boling has held down that spot along the interior offensive line for 8 years, that all could change very soon.
Cordy Glenn is moving to left guard, he says. Says he is embracing it. “Coach Turner and I had a man-to-man talk.” Jonah Williams to LT.
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) May 20, 2019
Today, now former Left Tackle, Cordy Glenn who the Bengals traded for last season with Buffalo has announced that he is switching to left guard. Presumably, this means first-round selection, Jonah Williams will start at Left Tackle and Bobby Hart who just got his payday earlier in the offseason will keep his job at Right Tackle.
Cordy Glenn had this to say about his position change: “Me and coach Turner just had a man-to-man talk. And that was about it. I said OK. That was the end of it, really. … I played it before but obviously, when we drafted Jonah it was going to be different. Especially with that type of investment….”
Taylor on Glenn at LG: love his mindset. Wants to help the team
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) May 20, 2019
This tweet likely means it was more of the Bengals decision to move Glenn and not of his own doing. The Bengals want to find the five best linemen and the best combination of those five.
What does this mean for Clint Boling? He very well could be cut by training camp. Boling has been a solid year in and year out for Cincinnati. But he’s been just that. Not someone who will typically let you down but also not someone you can count on to give you a pro bowl type performance each week.
Boling is due $5.25 million in 2019. If Cincinnati moves on, they clear some cap and move forward with Glenn, and either John Miller (whom they signed to a 3-year deal in this past free agency) or Christian Westerman who has shown the makings of being a capable starter at guard at a very nice price.
I have no problem with this guard lineup but I do have a problem with leaving Hart at starting Right Tackle. It would be better to have moved Glenn over to the Right and have Hart has an expensive backup for the time being.
Boling is currently not practicing as he is on the rehab field with an undisclosed injury status. However, all of this may not mean Boling will be cut after all. He did play left tackle at the end of 2017 and didn’t let down the coaches. He could possibly kick out to right tackle, at least in the preseason and see what he can do.
Overall, it seems that the Bengals are trusting Jonah Williams to start but they may be banking on the progression of Glenn as a run blocker too much to kick him inside like that, and the progression of Bobby Hart at Right Tackle. This could be a hit or miss at o-line. But this is certainly a pivotal offseason for the Bengals.