Former Humboldt State (now Cal Poly Humboldt) football player Alex Cappa was one of the big winners as NFL free agency got under way on Monday.
Cappa, who won a Super Bowl medal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, was a free agent and has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
ESPN is reporting the deal to be for four years and worth $40 million to the former Lumberjack.
Cappa has enjoyed a steady and successful rise in his four years in the league since being drafted in the third round by the Bucs in 2018.
The guard will go from protecting legendary future hall of fame Tom Brady in Tampa to protecting Joe Burrow, who is considered one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL since being taken first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Improving the O-line is considered a priority this offseason for the Bengals, who reached this year’s Super Bowl despite allowing 70 sacks in 20 games.
According to ESPN, Cappa was a higher ranked pass blocker than any of the 2021 Bengals guards and he should provide an immediate upgrade.
Cappa also has been reliable and has started every regular season game for the Bucs in each of the past two seasons.