Bleacher Report thinks Cincinnati Bengals should trade for Tyrell Crosby
The Cincinnati Bengals did what they could this offseason to polish their offensive line, a unit that was not very good a season ago. Fans aren’t the most confident in this group even with the changes but it’s not too late for the Bengals to make a splashy move and try to really get the ball rolling along the o-line.
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report put together a list where he came up with one trade each team should make before the season begins in September. For the Bengals, it was trading for Lions offensive tackle, Tyrell Crosby.
"According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Lions placed former starting right tackle Tyrell Crosby on the trade block after drafting Penei Sewell with this year’s No. 7 pick. In an ironic twist, Crosby only became available because the Bengals passed on Sewell. The 25-year-old can serve as Cincinnati’s swing tackle or move into a starting spot if Reiff is comfortable working at guard based on how others develop."
The Lions took Penei Sewell after the Bengals passed on him in the first round and now, as a result, Crosby is available via trade. Gagnon notes that Crosby could be a swing tackle for the Bengals or move into the starting right tackle spot if Riley Reiff is comfortable kicking inside to guard.
While I’m not opposed to this hypothetical trade taking place, Reiff was brought in specifically to play right tackle so trading for another right tackle might not be the best move. Moving Reiff inside to guard is an option, sure, but moving from tackle to guard isn’t like riding a bike — It’s not a sure thing that Reiff could make that transition and play well there.
Should the Cincinnati Bengals trade for Tyrell Crosby?
Crosby is a former fifth-round pick out of Oregon and has spent the entirety of his career at right tackle. He has 18 starts under his belt and has appeared in 38 games total during his three-year career (all spent in Detroit). He’s a decent player but this trade might not make much sense for Cincinnati in all honesty.
Sure, Reiff is signed to just a one-year deal, but the Bengals spent a fourth-round pick on D’Ante Smith with the hopes that maybe he could become the starter at right tackle down the road.
The Bengals have work to do on their offensive line but this isn’t a trade that would really excite anyone.