The NFL trade deadline came and went with many fans clamoring for the Bengals to make a trade, but were once again left to see no significant transaction made. The Bengals are notorious for being reluctant to make trades as Mike Brown loves his draft picks, since those are cheap, rookie contracts that keep players in Cincinnati for at least four seasons.
But fret not, as the team is in fact getting some additions at the midway point of the 2012 season that could pay dividends in the log run.
Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims (90) walks along the sideline during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE
Pat Sims is set to return from the PUP list soon, and over the past three seasons, he’s been one of, if not the Bengals’ best run-stuffing defensive tackle with his frame. After watching one of the NFL’s worst rushing offenses in the Pittsburgh Steelers
gash the Bengals for yards with their third-string runningback, it’s safe to say Sims will be a welcome addition.
The team is also adding Dontay Moch, who missed the first four games due to a suspension, and missed much of the last three weeks due to an illness and the birth of his child. Now that he’s getting consistent reps in practice, expect to see the Moch we saw in the preseason who was a constant threat off the edge as he racked up 3.5 sacks. While the Bengals still ranks in sacks, the addition of Moch will strengthen the rotation and allow guys like Robert Geathers and Michael Johnson to get more rests while the QB-pressure production doesn’t suffer.
Topics: Bengals, NFL Trade, Pat Sims