Would Andrew Whitworth contemplate unretiring to affix Bengals? 'I'll by no means say by no means' – NFL.com
He went out a winner, celebrated on and off the sphere for his excellence.
Since then Whitworth has been part of Prime Video’s first-year protection of Thursday Night time Soccer.
With the TNF schedule wrapping up this week with a Dallas Cowboys-Tennessee Titans matchup, heading again to the place all of it started in Cincy and making one other postseason run is not all that unhealthy of an choice.
Taken by the Bengals within the second spherical of the 2006 NFL Draft, Whitworth notched 4 Professional Bowl bids and two All-Professional alternatives throughout his profession. He performed 11 seasons with the Bengals earlier than 5 with the Rams. Throughout his Rams tenure he lastly started to get the highlight and credit score for his play, which had been phenomenal all through however went largely unnoticed on the Bengals.
In his 2021, age-40 season, Whitworth earned a stellar 86.1 PFF grade. So, rusty as he is likely to be at this second, he retired whereas taking part in at an elite degree.
One caveat, although, is that Whitworth performed on the left aspect. He’d most probably be requested to fill in for Collins at proper sort out. And one prevailing side for Whitworth is he would not need to be an addition that hinders the Bengals’ probabilities.
“I’ve performed with Jaylen Ramsey, Richard Sherman, completely different guys,” Whitworth stated. “We speak on a regular basis. I believe typically folks do not perceive once you flip sides, what a problem that’s once you’ve solely achieved it a technique. And I’ve solely performed left sort out my whole profession. So, once you flip your ft and play the opposite means, it is very difficult. It is nearly such as you’ve by no means achieved it earlier than in some senses. There’s just a few guys which are good at it. So, for me, it actually would not be about tarnishing the legacy. It would be about I do not wanna let these guys down. Yeah, I need, Joe Burrow and people guys which have all of the success doable and it would be extra about not figuring out actually how nicely you would be taking part in.
“I really feel good, I really feel nice in that sense, and I’d be assured, however I would not need to go in there and mess up their probabilities not figuring out actually what I am able to.”
Clearly, no matter whether or not Whitworth is keen to make a comeback, the Bengals would wish to return calling. At the least for now it appears they’re more likely to go along with backup proper sort out Hakeem Adeniji to fill Collins’ function.
“We’ve got good folks within the constructing that we belief,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor stated, via ESPN’s Ben Baby.
There are two video games remaining within the common season for the Bengals and a minimum of one playoff sport forward. So, relying on how issues go up entrance for the Bengals, to cite Whitworth, “by no means say by no means.”