GEORGETOWN KY - JULY 31: Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals is pictured during the Bengals training camp at Georgetown College on July 31 2010 in Georgetown Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
There's always talk about draft-day trades. It's like the creamer in the coffee, full of variations, including the testosterone-driven choice to drink it black. One recent rumor acknowledged that Cincinnati might package Rey Maualuga with a first-round selection to Seattle for their No. 12 pick and (perhaps) a second-round pick, reuniting the linebacker with his USC head coach Pete Carroll.
Despite the fact that some are generously over-inflating Maualuga's overall worth, the trade scenario significantly benefits the Bengals. In other words, if I were a Seahawks fan, I'd be pissed off if this trade were actually executed.
But it's harmless idle speculation, created through conjecture that some irresponsible entities ran as a matter of fact. Not only is it not likely that the Bengals will make a draft-day trade on Thursday, but they haven't even made a confirmed call to another NFL franchise.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweets that seven teams are open to trading back while six are open to trading up -- none of whom are the Bengals.
Teams open to trading back for the right offer include Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Miami, Seattle, Dallas, NY Jets, Detroit.
Teams open to trading up if right player is there include Jacksonville, Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Diego, New England, Green Bay.