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REPORTS: Buccaneers Stalwart Guard Alex Cappa Intends To Sign Lucrative Contract With The Cincinnati Bengals In Free Agency

Published 03/15/2022, 5:00 PM EDT

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa seems to be the player who will not be staying after Tom Brady’s emphatic return. Cappa will be signing up with the Cincinnati Bengals on a 4-year, 40 million dollar contract. The deal will be finalized on Wednesday when the NFL free agency begins for all the franchisees.

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Cappa will be part of other additions to bolster their offensive line and provide better protection for their young star QB Joe Burrow. He will be joined by Patriots guard Ted Karras while retaining DT BJ Hill, they will be a great partnership for the Super Bowl runner-ups.


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The former Humboldt State player was selected with the third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and prospered with the Buccaneers.

He successfully transitioned his game from DT to guard and quickly became the team’s starter in the 2019 campaign. Cappa was a revelation for the Buccaneers’ offensive line and was one of the toughest players on the roster. He is one of the premium pass blockers and started in all 17 games and their 2 post-season appearances.

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He was also quite instrumental during their 2020 Super Bowl victory. But didn’t play towards the end due to his recurring injuries. In terms of his last season, his 274 run-blocking wins were the most on the team. He also had 400 pass-blocking wins that were joint top on the roster. He has also been named a Pro Bowl alternate for the first time in his NFL career.

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It will be a significant loss of presence on the Buccaneers‘ offensive line but a huge addition for the Bengals. The ineffective blocking unit meant that QB Burrow was sacked 70 times in regular-season and postseason games combined.


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It includes the seven times the Rams defense smothered him in their Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

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Cappa will provide significant strength to the Bengals‘ offensive line as they hope to reach that stage once again. It will be a tough road for the franchise, which couldn’t get the job done when it mattered most, and it seems Burrow and his team want nothing else but redemption.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

Edited By: Deepika Bhaduri