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2012 NFL Draft: Bengals Haven't Made Any Confirmed Calls Regarding Any Trades (Including That One)

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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)
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)
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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. 31 minutes ago via WhoSay · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Teams open to trading up if right player is there include Jacksonville, Buffalo, Philadelphia, San Diego, New England, Green Bay. 32 minutes ago via WhoSay · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto