Bengals sign former Giants offensive tackle Bobby Hart

Offensive guard Bobby Hart as a member of the New York Giants. (Winslow Townson/AP)

CINCINNATI — The Bengals took their first step in bolstering their offensive line, signing former New York Giants tackle Bobby Hart on Wednesday.

Hart started 21 games for the Giants in the past three seasons, including seven last season. He was a seventh-round pick from Florida State in 2015.

The line was a major factor in the Bengals’ second straight season missing out on the playoffs. They fired offensive line coach Paul Alexander and replaced him with former Cowboys assistant coach Frank Pollack after the season. The offence finished last in the league, and the running game was the least productive in franchise history.

Coach Marvin Lewis said the offensive line is "a focus area" in the off-season.

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