3 trade targets that could help the Bengals make a playoff run

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The NFL Trade Deadline is approaching on Nov. 2, and the Cincinnati Bengals could make some potential moves that might help the Bengals be a serious threat down the stretch of the season in the playoff and division race. Here are three possible acquisitions that the Bengals could make.

Bengals Potential Trades

3. Xavien Howard, CB (Dolphins)

Xavien Howard has easily been the best defensive player on Miami for a few seasons now and would fill the Bengals’ biggest missing hole on the defense, a trusted CB2 alongside Chidobe Awuzie.

The plan was for Trae Waynes to be that guy, but with Waynes battling injury and inconsistent play from Eli Apple and newcomer Tre Flowers it makes too much sense not to pursue a player like Howard if Cincinnati is trying to create not only a playoff run but a Super Bowl run.

Howard is 28-years-old, so the price the Bengals would pay for him could be a little skeptical. They don’t want to overspend, of course, but they also have to give the Dolphins what he’s worth, which in my eyes would be at the very least a second-round pick and more.

I wouldn’t give up a first-round pick for Howard, but I wouldn’t mind sending a second and a fourth to Miami in exchange for him. As much as he’d help the Bengals, it’s not necessary, so giving up a future first-round pick for a 28-year-old cornerback doesn’t make much sense.

If the Bengals can find a way to strike a deal with Howard, it would make this one of the most complete defenses in football.