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NFL Insider Says Andrew Whitworth Was Open to Cincinnati Bengals Return, Team Wasn’t Interested


CINCINNATI — Would Andrew Whitworth actually come back to the NFL?

Peter Schrager of NFL Network says the previous All-Pro left tackle was open to returning to Cincinnati to assist the Bengals within the playoffs, however the team wasn’t interested. 

“Whitworth is retired and I’ve grow to be really close with Whitworth and I asked him straight up, ‘would you come back?’ And he’s like ‘Well, the door’s open.’ And Bengals sources were like ‘we’re good. We’re rolling with the fellows we got,'” Schrager said on the Bill Simmons Podcast. “That might’ve been the Eric Weddle story of this guy’s coming on only for the playoffs. The entire thing and he’s in shape to play they usually didn’t show much interest in signing him, so I feel they’re confident.”  

Whitworth, 41, spent the primary 11 years of his profession in Cincinnati. He signed with the Rams in 2017 and played in Los Angeles for five seasons. He helped the Rams get past the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, before retiring. 

Despite being away from the sport for nearly a 12 months, there have been loads of those who thought he could help a banged up Bengals’ offensive line. Right tackle La’el Collins (ACL) is out for the season. Left tackle Jonah Williams (knee) and right guard Alex Cappa (ankle) will each miss Sunday’s game in Buffalo and will miss more time, even when the Bengals do beat the Bills. 

Most individuals dismissed the thought of Whitworth returning to the league, especially after winning the Super Bowl last season, but Schrager made it clear that he was no less than open to a possible return. 

Take heed to Simmons’ entire conversation with Schrager below.

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