The Bengals declined Price's fifth-year option for 2022 on Wednesday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Price, a 2018 first-round pick, is thus slated to hit free agency after the 2021 season. The 6-foot-4 lineman has severely underwhelmed at the NFL level, never quite transitioning into a regular starting role while being moved between guard and center. Price has only drawn nine starts over the past two seasons.
Price has adapted well to playing left guard instead of center, grading out well against the Bills last week, Joe Goodberry of The Athletic reports. Price got the opportunity to play left guard last week with rookie Michael Jordan out with an injury, and played well enough to force coach Zac Taylor to say that Jordan isn't guaranteed to get the starting job back.
Price lost the starting center job for Week 1 to Trey Hopkins, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. Price will be the first lineman off the bench when the Bengals need an extra guard or to replace Hopkins at center. He dealt with a foot injury at the start of training camp, but he's also been a slight disappointment on the field when healthy, given that he was the Bengals' first-round pick last season.
Price was the starting center in Thursday's preseason game against the Giants, after he took a secondary role in the second preseason game against the Redskins, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. The starting center job somewhat surprisingly wasn't guaranteed for Price, who was the Bengals' first-round pick in 2018. Trey Hopkins is competing with Price for the starting job.
Price (undisclosed) was activated from the non-football injury list Friday and is expected to return to practice, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. With Price missing so much action last season in his rookie year, it's important for him to get as many reps in training camp as possible. That's doubly true with the Bengals having already lost Jonah Williams and Clint Boling.