Cincinnati Bengals: Free Agents and trades to make the Bengals better

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 26: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field at the end of the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

It appears as though Trent Williams time in D.C. is over. The idea of trading for him should have Bengals fans salivating, however unlikely it may be. It’s uncertain what it would cost to pry the cornerstone left tackle from the Redskins but giving up some draft capital would be worth it to land a player of Trent Williams caliber.

When you consider that all-pro receiver Antonio Brown was traded for just a third and fifth-round pick this off-season, you can guess the price tag on Williams may be very reasonable. The Bengals usually acquire a lot of compensatory picks anyways. Many fans would prefer Williams and a smaller draft class over another season of poor line play and an abundance of draft picks who may end up cut.

The 31-year-old 5-time pro-bowler could allow the team to return to their original offensive line plan before Jonah Williams went down to injury. Offensive line coach Jim Turner can place Trent Williams into the left tackle position and kick Cordy Glenn inside. This prevents the team from being forced to play John Jerry at left guard. If they really wanted to shake things up they could play Glenn and Williams at tackle to bump Bobby Hart out of the lineup entirely. If the Bengals are serious about returning to the playoffs, they’d have old friend Jay Gruden on speed dial.

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