Bleacher Report proposes Bengals trade with Chiefs for offensive guard

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The Cincinnati Bengals‘ offensive line has been a topic of conversation and for good reason. While the starting unit is set at the tackle spots and at center, both starting guard jobs are open.

Quinton Spain and Xavier Su’a-Filo started at the two guard positions during Friday’s game but the Bengals shouldn’t be content with what they have on the roster. As a result, Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report proposed an interesting trade.

Gagnon proposed that the Bengals get in touch with the Kansas City Chiefs and inquire about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

"Duvernay-Tardif could be on the outs with the Chiefs, who signed veteran Joe Thuney and used a second-round draft pick on Creed Humphrey. He’s 30 but, like Solder, could be fresh after a year off.At the very least, the highly-respected vet would likely be a reliable presence inside, and he brings plenty of experience and playoff pedigree to a rebuilding team.For Burrow’s sake, that’d be worth a third-round pick if the Chiefs were willing to participate."

Gagnon suggested the Bengals ship a Day 2 selection to Kansas City in exchange for Duvernay-Tardif’s services. The offensive guard was a sixth-round pick by the Chiefs in 2014 and soon worked his way into the starting right guard job where he remained through the end of the 2019 season that concluded with a Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory.

Duvernay-Tardif was the first NFL player to opt-out of the 2020 season, as he worked the front lines of the pandemic. As a result, the Chiefs saw what life looked like without him and while he was originally in their plans this year, rookie Trey Smith has impressed at right guard and is probably going to win that starting job, making LDT expendable.

Bengals should reach out to Chiefs about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

As of now, the Bengals have been swapping out players at right guard. Jackson Carman was the original plan to have start there but he’s mostly struggled through camp (though he did have a good game on Friday night, which was a beautiful sight). Carman was listed with the third-stringers on the first depth chart with both Michael Jordan and Su’a-Filo ahead of him.

If the Bengals were to trade for LDT, they’d have a right guard who is ready to step in and be the starter. Giving up just a third-round pick (as Gagnon suggested) would be worth having an experienced right guard in the fold.

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What do you think of this potential trade, Bengals fans?