The Bengals figure to be fairly quiet at the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see their names bantered about in trade talks. The Cincinnati Bengals are in position to make a run at the Super Bowl, and getting the right player could help their odds, but they can’t afford to take on a player, like Minnesota Vikings defense end Jared Allen, who’s massive cap figure could slow the team’s efforts to eventually sign Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to long-term extensions.
Needless to say, there aren’t many players on the block the Bengals can afford to take. The NFL trade deadline is at 4:00 PM EST today, and we’ll keep you updated on all of the latest wheeling and dealing that may or may not go on today. Several players are trying to be moved by their respective teams, and here’s the only two realistic players the Bengals should be looking at.
Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd
The Bills have made it clear they don’t want to trade Byrd, but are willing to listen to offers. The right kind of deal could lead to the Pro Bowl safety switching teams at the deadline, and NFL.com’s Chris Wessling believes the Bengals should make a run at Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd in hopes of upgrading their defensive backfield after Hall was lost for the year:
Byrd wants to become the highest-paid safety in football, and the Bills won’t meet that asking price. Although a trade is unlikely due to Byrd’s contract status and perceived value, Philadelphia makes sense as a landing spot. Byrd played under coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, and the Eagles need help at safety. The Bengals have plenty of salary-cap space and question marks in the secondary following Leon Hall’s season-ending Achilles injury.
My take: Byrd would be a tremendous addition, but I don’t see the Bengals giving up the assets necessary to pry him away from Buffalo, and the Bengals aren’t in a position they desperately need to make a move to boost their defensive backfield.
Even with Hall’s loss, this team is capable of making a run in the playoffs on the strength of their pass-rush and suddenly balanced offense that can keep any defense on their toes when they’re clicking.