The Cincinnati Bengals are bringing back a big piece of their Super Bowl defense. Cornerback Eli Apple is re-signing with the Bengals on a one-year, $4 million deal. This will be his second year in Cincinnati, both of which played on one-year contracts.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news via Twitter on Thursday.
CB Eli Apple is returning to Cincinnati on a one-year, $4 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2022
Apple was drafted with the 10th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. After three years there, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints, where he really made a name for himself. He spent two seasons in New Orleans, then one in Carolina, and finally landed in Cincinnati.
In 16 games and 15 starts last season, Apple had two interceptions, 10 passes defended and 49 combined tackles. Although his stats weren’t standouts, he was clearly a leader in the secondary, especially in the playoffs. He helped the Bengals become a Super Bowl team, and will try to get them back to the big game on his one-year deal in 2022.
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