Absurd trade scenario has Cincinnati Bengals landing Aaron Donald

Leigh Oleszczak
Aaron Donald (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Aaron Donald (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

It’s officially the offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals and that means it’s time for ridiculous trade rumors! At least, in this case, Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report admits that these trades he wrote up are absurd.

For the Bengals, he has a crazy scenario where three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, ends up in Cincinnati donning the orange and black stripes.

"The Bengals had everything they needed to win Super Bowl LVI…except for passable offensive line play. Donald tore through the group on his way to an all-time great performance. Most will look to the offensive trenches as the biggest need, and they would be right. The position should be addressed this offseason with gusto.At the same time, Cincinnati’s defensive front didn’t get enough credit for how well it performed, even without an injured Larry Ogunjobi. Ogunjobi is a pending free agent, and Donald would be the upgrade of all upgrades at 3-technique. The Bengals can give the Rams a salary reprieve by taking on $14.3 million of Donald’s contract with a post-June 1 deal while providing at least a Khalil Mack-like return with at least two future first-round picks and a few more spare parts thrown into the mix.Instead of worrying solely about addressing a weakness, the Bengals can build upon a strength whether or not Donald is available. (He’s not.)"

Ridiculous trade scenario has Aaron Donald landing with Cincinnati Bengals

Well, this would be fun, wouldn’t it, Bengals fans?

There’s no chance in hell of this trade scenario playing out for a variety of reasons but let’s start with the obvious one. Donald is arguably the best player in the entire NFL. A team doesn’t trade that guy, especially fresh off a Super Bowl. Period.

Donald would take the Bengals defense from great to elite so yes, this would be a ton of fun to see happen, but as Sobleski notes, it won’t. Not only is Donald not on the trade block but if anything, he’d probably choose retirement over getting traded outside of the Rams organization.

Bengals fans saw all too well how good of a player Donald is, as he ripped through their offensive line throughout the Super Bowl and made Joe Burrow’s life a living hell. Some might think that the turning point in that game was when the Bengals players got into it with Donald on the sideline and in turn, fired up the best defensive player in the game.

Donald finished his second Super Bowl appearance with two sacks, both of which came on the same drive. He’s a terrifying player and while adding him to the Bengals’ roster would make them Super Bowl favorites in the AFC, it’s never going to happen.

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At least we can dream though, right?