According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals were close to completing a trade with Atlanta to allow the Falcons to swap first round picks, which would have allowed them to draft their targeted player, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. However, according to Schefter, the deal feel apart at the last minute. So the Bengals went with the top player on their draft board and selected Green.
The Falcons in the meantime completed a trade with the Cleveland Browns, allowing Atlanta to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones as the sixth pick overall. And the Browns received a lot. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the Browns received the Falcons' first, second and fourth round pick this year and next year's first and fourth round pick.
We can only suspect that the Bengals weren't getting what they perceived as enough in return for trading away the fourth overall selection. What that was, we don't know yet.
In the meantime, the Bengals have a wide receiver that will combine with the talented Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and a very good slot receiver in Jordan Shipley.
Is Green the Bengals way of offering an olive branch to Carson Palmer? (we doubt it, but we had to ask)