Cincinnati Bengals: 4 Andy Dalton to the Colts Trade Scenarios
This is by far the most unlikely of all the trades but still interesting to think about.
As previously mentioned, the Colts need some reinforcements at wide receiver. They could simply stay put at pick 34 and select one then, but in this scenario, they acquire a good quarterback and potential help at wide receiver. If Ross can stay healthy, putting him opposite of Hilton, who is a burner himself, could spell disaster for opposing defenses.
For the Bengals, it’s difficult to wave the white flag on Ross, the fastest man in the NFL. It’d be hard to watch the former 9th overall pick potentially live up to his draft billing with another franchise.
However, the Bengals have Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate, two very solid receivers, for the foreseeable future. If the long term deal with A.J. Green gets done, it’s even more reason to pull off this trade. Don’t forget, with the extra selection, the Bengals will more than likely be adding a very highly rated wideout prospect to soften the blow of losing Ross.
A lot depends on how this season goes, but Ross may not be retained after this year anyway, as he’s set to be a free agent. The front office would be unlikely to pour more money into the position group with Boyd already having a cap hit around $8 million and Green commanding a sizeable contract himself.