This is a topic we talked about on last night's podcast. I asked the question, if the injury to Leon Hall had happened a week before the trade deadline and if you were in charge of the Bengals, would you make a deal for somebody like the Eagles' Asante Samuel and how much would you give up. Both Joe and Dave agreed that they would make a deal, but that's not what is important.
The important thing is that the Bengals can't trade for another cornerback and they're stuck with either Kelly Jennings or Brandon Ghee, Adam Jones, who isn't 100 percent healthy and hasn't played cornerback in over a year, or a free agent corner.
The Bengals aren't the only team in this position either. The Texans have lost Matt Schaub and now have to turn the team's offense over to Matt Leinart and the Chiefs have lost quarterback Matt Cassel leaving Tylor Palko to lead the Chiefs against the Patriots on Monday night. The Chiefs are only a game behind the leaders of the AFC West with a 4-5 record and the Texans are leading the AFC South right now, but without their starting quarterbacks, there's a decent chance that each team can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.
Leon Hall is a big loss for the Bengals. Jennings has been a disappointment so far this season and, right now, Jones can't be relied on to start and stay healthy. Ghee has little to no experience and any cornerback that is a free agent at this point in the season is a free agent for a reason.
That's why the NFL should extend their trade deadline in the coming seasons.
The trade deadline was the Tuesday before the NFL's Week 7 games, so teams had until Oct. 18 to make trades. That means that there are 11 weekends worth of games to be played after teams are allowed to make trades. That's way too early. In Week 6 there is a very vague picture of the playoffs but in Week 11 the playoff picture begins to look much clearer. If teams were allowed to make trades up through, say Thanksgiving, the Bengals, Texans and Chiefs could be in much better shape.
If the trade deadline was Thanksgiving the Chiefs or Texans could trade for a player like Kyle Orton or Jason Campbell instead of sticking with Leinart or Palko and the Bengals could trade for a cornerback like Samuel instead of sticking with a group of corners that have either not played the position, are injured or have just been bad.
It would be much more fair to the teams that are looking to make a playoff push or the teams who are currently leading the division to be able to make trades at least through Week 10 so their injuries don't become the reason that they fail to make the playoffs by the end of the season.
What do you think?