The Cincinnati Bengals have had a very productive offseason.

Cincinnati went into the start of free agency with one key goal in mind — get better at protecting quarterback Joe Burrow.

Burrow was sacked 70 times last season (including 19 times in the playoffs) which is an unusually high number for a playoff team.

The Bengals quickly addressed their biggest need in free agency by signing three new offensive linemen — Alex Cappa, Ted Karras, and La’el Collins.

One of those signings — Cappa — was deemed by CBS Sports as Cincinnati’s best move of the offseason.

From CBS Sports:

The top of Cincinnati’s draft haul (S Daxton Hill, CB Cam Taylor-Britt) brings juice to the defense, and ex-Cowboys tackle La’el Collins is the bigger name. But Cappa brings such stability to the interior of a line charged with protecting the team’s top asset, QB Joe Burrow. He hasn’t missed a regular-season start as one of Tom Brady’s most underrated blockers the last two years.

From left: Offensive tackle La’el Collins (71), offensive guard Hakeem Adeniji, offensive tackle D’Ante Smith, offensive tackle Devin Cochran (77) and offensive guard Alex Cappa (66) walk to the next drill during practice, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields in Cincinnati.
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Cappa is durable, which is obviously a plus.

But the biggest reason this was the best signing of the offseason is simple — Tom Brady badly wanted Cappa back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022.

Cappa, however, chose to play with Burrow in Cincinnati instead.

When the greatest quarterback of all time wants a player to return, everything else goes out the window. The grades, the stats, etc. None of that matters. If Brady wanted him back, then it’s because Brady thinks he’s one of the best guards in the NFL.

That means the Bengals will have, in Brady’s opinion, one of the best offensive linemen in the league protecting Burrow in 2022.

I’d say that qualifies as a great offseason move.

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