Cincinnati Bengals: Team Should Make a Depth Trade Before Deadline

The Cincinnati Bengals defense has not been the best this season. This was perfectly on display against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and company did what they wanted when they had to.

A lack of athleticism is part of the problem. However, that isn’t something you can fix with a deadline trade. Most players you can acquire are players other teams don’t want. You can help out your overall team depth. You can also help out your team leadership with a deadline trade.

On Sunday, at various points of the game, All three starting corners were missing. William Jackson, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Darqueze Dennard all missed snaps. Dennard’s injury seems to the one that may linger. No offense to Tony McRae, but if he is playing significant snaps, the Cincinnati Bengals are in trouble.



There aren’t going to be many corners that can help. Patrick Peterson would, of course, be an upgrade, but the Bengals have never been willing to pull the trigger on a move like that.

To see who they may go after, one has to think like the Cincinnati Bengals leadership. They love players who they are familiar with. They love players who fit their schemes. Most importantly, they love players who are cheap.

So who can that be? Look no further than the Oakland Raiders and former Bengals first-round pick Leon Hall. The 33-year old Hall is making the veteran minimum. He is beloved in Cincinnati. Hall can play the slot or the outside in a pinch. He could be a solid depth piece and a locker room leader. It also wouldn’t hurt for him to be around youngsters like Jackson and Darius Phillips.

Will the Bengals make a move like this? I find it highly doubtful. If they do, however, it will be for a player of the skill level and salary like Leon Hall.

Who would you like to see the Cincinnati Bengals trade for at the deadline? Let us know in the comments.

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