The Cincinnati Bengals’ decision to sign a big-name free agent left tackle provided an upgrade to the roster, but it also jeopardized the position of the oldest member of the offensive line.

Shortly after learning that Orlando Brown signed a four-year deal with Cincinnati, veteran lineman Jonah Williams expressed his desire to be traded, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Williams was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of 2019 and has started at left tackle since he arrived.

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Jonah Williams, #73 of the Cincinnati Bengals, sets up during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Nick Grace/Getty Images)

In a recent radio interview with the Bengals broadcast team, offensive line coach Frank Pollack mentioned that Brown is expected to play on the left side of the offensive line.

«He’s going to be our left tackle,» Pollack said.

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Williams, 25, has one year left on his rookie contract, which will pay him a base salary of $12.6 million in 2023.

After losing Super Bowl LVI to the Rams and allowing a record number of quarterback sacks in 2021, the Bengals have invested heavily in their offensive line.

La’el Collins, Ted Karras and Alex Cappa were signed in 2022. Starting left guard Cordell Volson was also drafted last year.

Jonah Williams, #73 of the Cincinnati Bengals, in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 20, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jonah Williams, #73 of the Cincinnati Bengals, in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 20, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

If Williams ultimately decides to stay in Cincinnati, he’d probably have to switch to the right side of the line if he wants to see any significant playing time.

Collins, the Bengals’ current starting right tackle, is coming off a season-ending knee injury and may not be ready at the start of the 2023 season.

Jonah Williams, number 73 of the Cincinnati Bengals, takes on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Jonah Williams, number 73 of the Cincinnati Bengals, takes on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Williams is likely to attract interest from several NFL teams. If he joins a new team, he’ll likely be looking for a new multi-year contract.

He was a two-time All-American at Alabama. Since he was selected with the No. 11 overall pick, he’s been a solid player, but he hasn’t played at an elite level.

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Williams has been a durable player, starting in 42 of a possible 50 games over the past three seasons. An injury sidelined him for his entire rookie season.

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