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Jonah Williams trade request: Joe Burrow supports Bengals OT, but acknowledges ‘business is business’

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The Cincinnati Bengals reshuffled their offensive line this offseason, making a major splash by signing former Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to a massive deal in free agency. While that may help push the franchise over the top during the next few seasons, the move did have some after-effects that are still lingering around the organization.Β 

After Brown inked his deal with Cincinnati, fellow offensive tackle Jonah Williams requested a trade. Williams had been the Bengals left tackle since the club selected him with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Alabama. Now, Brown is slated to slot in on the blindside, while Williams is expected to move to right tackle with La’el Collins recovering from a torn ACL. This arraignment doesn’t seem to be what Williams has in mind, thus the trade request. The Bengals have said, however, that they have no plans to acquiesce to Williams’ request, so this situation is still in flux.Β 

Joe Burrow was asked about Williams’ status on Tuesday and said that he respects his decision.

“We love Jonah,” Burrow said, via NFL.com. “Jonah’s been a big part of our success for the last couple of years. So, hopefully, we have him back. But business is business. Whatever Jonah thinks is best for his career is what he’s going to do. And we’ll support him in whatever he decides.”

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