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Cincinnati Bengals: 4 Andy Dalton to Chicago Bears Trade Scenarios

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 29: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 29: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 08: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 8, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bengals 24-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 08: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 8, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bengals 24-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

This trade scenario is the most straight forward and offers the least amount of risk for the Bears.

For the Bengals, this is probably on the lower end of what they’re hoping for in terms of trade value. However, due to the highly talented free-agent class for quarterbacks, this may be the best deal they can find.

With Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and more all set to hit the market, fringe playoff teams will likely explore those routes before turning to Cincinnati to make a deal.

It’s certainly not a bad deal from the Bengals perspective, however. They still get to clear nearly $18 million in cap space to spend elsewhere, while gaining extra draft capital to either trade up or build depth.

Of note, there are some particularly deep positions in this year’s draft class. A fourth and sixth-rounder may not seem like much, but the Bengals have found plenty of quality players on day three before. The chance to do it again should never be overlooked.

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