“We want to do everything in our power to get Russell back,” Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Russell’s been, physically, mentally a tough football player for us. He was installed there as a rookie and he’s done nothing but continue to grow and get better and frankly grow into a guy you can count on to help lead the football team. I feel really good about him. So hopefully we’ll be able to get that done. I’d like to get that done. He’d like to get that done, from what he says.”
The Enquirer mentions that while the Bengals value his durability, it’s unlikely they would get in a bidding war for him this offseason.
Bodine, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Bengals back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,676,456 contract and is now in position to test the open market for the first time in his NFL career.
In 2017, Bodine appeared in all 16 games for the Bengals and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 26 center out of 38 qualifying players.