One way to help reduce the team's 75-man roster to the league-mandated 53 maximum is through a trade. According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, the Cincinnati Bengals are putting feelers out there for a possible trade partner that may be interested in defensive end Dontay Moch.
What you'll hear over the next 2 days: Teams trying to trade players they may cut. Like #Bengals 2011 3rd round pass-rusher Dontay Moch— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2013
For the second-straight preseason, Moch led the team with three quarterback sacks, after posting a team-high 3.5 sacks in '12.
Migraines have virtually killed Moch's NFL career, playing only one regular season game in two seasons since being selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. Earlier this month, Moch told Dan Hoard at Bengals.com that the migraines have stopped.
"I’ve made a whole lifestyle change to take complete control over what I do and that seems to have fixed the problem," Dontay told me. "Dietary stuff, supplements, prescriptions if I have to take them…preventative things.
"I’ve talked to a lot of people. I went out of my circle to get other opinions – different doctors and different routes and ways. It took a little bit from everybody to figure out my situation because everyone is different. It helps because it gives you a path toward understanding it better."
It's not the first time that he's felt optimistic either. Moch said in June last year that he hadn't had any problems with migraines for nearly six months, but obviously they returned later that year.
Moch served a four-game suspension last year violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy, finally making his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns. He was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list on November 2, ending his season when the migraines returned.
Even with the team moving Moch from linebacker to defensive end, his chances of making the 53-man roster was never realistic. Granted he had a good preseason this year, but he's not going to edge out Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry, Margus Hunt, or Robert Geathers.
It's doubtful that the Bengals would get much if they found a trade partner, but it's better than nothing. The team still has the practice squad option if they release him and he clears waivers.