When the NFL and the NFLPA agreed this offseason to move the trading deadline back two weeks, they did it in hopes of having more trade activity at the deadline and give teams and players a chance to make significant moves later in the season. The deadline is now the Tuesday following Week 8, which coincidentally is the Bengals’ bye-week, meaning that if they were to make a trade in the coming weeks, they would have ample time to get said player acclimated to the offensive or defensive system they would need to learn.
While a trade isn’t currently in the works (that we know of anyway), this Sunday’s game against the Dolphins will be the fifth game the Bengals have played, leaving two games left against the Browns and the Steelers before their bye-week. So if MLB Rey Maualuga has another poor-tackling performance, or RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis continues to fumble while Bernard Scott has little-to-no impact, the team will need to begin making phone calls to gauge the trade market and find at least a descent backup(s) for those spots. This team simply has too much talent and is playing too well to not make a move to fill some of the gaping holes that could be the difference in the teams’ first playoff win in over two decades, or sitting at home for the entire postseason.