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Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen is reportedly drawing interest from the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler.
Graziano and Fowler add that the Bucs have been trying to re-sign him before free agency, but it’s unclear if they can get a deal done in time.
The interest in Jensen doesn’t come as a surprise after he did a solid job protecting Tom Brady over the last two seasons.
Baltimore is an obvious destination for the 30-year-old, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Ravens from 2014-17. He spent most of his time protecting Joe Flacco, and now, Lamar Jackson needs that protection entering 2022.
In addition, the Ravens’ current center, Bradley Bozeman, is set to become a free agent, so his potential departure opens up the door for a Jensen return.
The Bengals are also an obvious destination for Jensen. Cincinnati’s offensive line was brutal in 2021 and struggled to protect Joe Burrow, who was constantly under pressure. The need to overhaul the offensive line was more apparent during the Super Bowl, when Burrow was sacked seven times.
As for the Jets, they have a lot of cap room and a need to solidify their offensive line. Adding Jensen would be a big get in protection for Zach Wilson and would help set the tone for the offensive line moving forward.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas was also a part of the Ravens’ staff that drafted Jensen in 2014, so it’s no surprise New York would have interest in signing him based on Douglas’ familiarity alone.
original source: NFL Rumors: Bucs’ Ryan Jensen Draws Interest from Jets, Bengals and Ravens