Valentine’s Day spirit: Bengals and Eagles sign offensive linemen named Hart
What did OTs Bobby Hart and Taylor Hart get for Valentine’s Day? New one-year contracts from the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively.
It’s unclear whether the Super Bowl champion Eagles just want to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit by re-signing Taylor Hart, whom they originally selected in the fifth round of the 2014 draft and reacquired in 2016 via a waiver claim from the San Francisco 49ers.
The 26-year-old four-year veteran who converted from defensive to offensive tackle last offseason last appeared in a game in 2016 with the Niners.
Bobby Hart, on the other hand, made 21 starts among his 33 appearances over the past three seasons for the Giants, with whom he entered the NFL as a seventh-rounder in 2015. But he became new Giants GM Dave Gettleman’s first personnel move last month, when Big Blue moved on from a tackle who struggled on the field and reportedly failed to buy in off of it.
The Bengals’ OT situation and offensive line as a whole was a real problem last season, when they attempted to replace All-Pro LT Andrew Whitworth and one of the NFL’s higher-paid guards, Kevin Zeitler, on the cheap with largely unproven options.
In fact, Hart lands with one of the few teams where he might be considered an immediate upgrade — though for Andy Dalton’s sake, we hope the Bengals view him as added competition in a room they expect to earnestly upgrade as the offseason continues.
How effectively the Bengals improve their offensive line will help decide how much better they are after consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2007-08.
In all honesty, these offensive tackles’ last names helped us decide to write up this post on Valentine’s Day.