“I love Cincinnati but I’m open to anything…it’s an exciting time,” Zeitler said.
Indications have been that the Bengals will most likely allow Zeitler to test the open market and possibly move on, so he could end up being the biggest beneficiaries this year when all is said and done.
Zeitler, 26, was taken in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Wisconsin. He played out the final year of his four-year, $7.544 million rookie contract when the Bengals elected to pick up his fifth-year option last year.
Zeitler made a base salary of $8.01 million for the 2016 season and is now in position to be one of the best available free agents in this year’s market.
In 2016, Zeitler appeared in all 16 games for the Bengals and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 7 guard out of 72 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.