Bengals should consider trading this former first-round pick

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As we inch closer to the 2021 regular season, there are still some moves the Cincinnati Bengals should consider making. According to Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report, one such move is trading former first-rounder Billy Price.

Gagnon wrote:

"Finding a trade partner could be tough considering the 26-year-old’s struggles the last few years, but he’d represent an inexpensive one-year trial for a team looking for help within the interior offensive line and Cincinnati might be able to at least salvage a late-round pick in exchange for him.Of course, this would probably also depend on Trey Hopkins, Michael Jordan and rookie second-round pick Jackson Carman excelling in training camp for Cincinnati."

The Bengals selected Price with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and he’s been a disappointment, to say the least. Price hasn’t been good for the Bengals but with the offensive line being such a concern, the team needs all the depth they can manage for this season.

That being said, if a team were willing to offer a late-round pick for Price’s services, it might be hard for the Bengals to turn that down. They won’t be signing him to another deal so if they can get anything for him, they should do it.

The Bengals should consider trading Billy Price before the season begins.

As Gagnon notes, the Bengals are going to have to get a better look at some of the other offensive linemen on their roster who they’re banking on this year at least in some way, shape, or form. Hopkins will hopefully look good despite coming off an injury and Jordan was one of the o-linemen who struggled the most last year.

The team is also hoping to see something from Trey Hill, who they drafted in the sixth round as well as D’Ante Smith, a fourth-round selection out of ECU. Gagnon also touched on Carman, who the Bengals haven’t been shy with their plan to move him inside to guard despite him playing tackle at Clemson.

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Trading Price wouldn’t hurt the Bengals because he hasn’t made much of a positive impact since joining the Bengals. If they can get anything for him, they need to do it because there won’t be many other chances.