Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth has been a mainstay in Cincy for the past 12 years and although he has always been synonymous with Bengals football things could be changing soon.

“Cincinnati’s been wonderful and it’s been something that I enjoyed thoroughly. I loved the challenge and the opportunity and I still love it,” Whitworth said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via ESPN.com.

“I’ve enjoyed our adventure together and I hope it continues, but for me, it’s just been one of those things. Being a mentor and a leader, I’ve always urged guys if you’re ever allowed to be a free agent to take advantage of that opportunity.

Whitworth noted his love for the city and the franchise.

“I love Cincinnati and I want to be there. I’m pretty positive that things will work out in a way that I’ll be there again, but I want to take advantage of the opportunity of being free and listen to what other people have to say. I think that’s the right way to do it.”

With the Bengals poised to lose guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency they may need to ensure that Whitworth remains in Cincy to help keep their offensive line efficiently intact.

The pressure is on.

If Whitworth does hit free agency he will have his fair share of suitors and has connections to a few teams where some of his former coaches work and have offensive line needs.

Those teams are the Denver Broncos (Vance Joseph) and the Minnesota Vikings (Mike Zimmer).