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NFL Trade Rumors: Bills shopping Kraig Urbik; Could be nice get for Bengals

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The Bengals will be fine without adding another lineman, but adding Urbik would be a very nice pickup.

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If the Cincinnati Bengals want to add an offensive lineman, they might oughta look at Buffalo Bills offensive guard Kraig Urbik. He's apparently on the trade block, and could be a quality pickup for little-to-nothing in return.

Urbik has started 42 games for the Bills over the last three seasons. His 9.3 grade by Pro Football Focus in 2013 made hims the 20th-best guard out of 75 eligible players.

That was better than Clint Boling (6.0), Kevin Zeitler (7.0 and Mike Pollak (5.2). At this point, Urbik would be an upgrade over Pollak, who has been so-so this preseason while recovering from a knee injury. With injuries to backup guard Trey Hopkins and TJ Johnson as well, adding another guard might be something Cincinnati is forced to do eventually.

Also, by replacing Pollak as the starting left guard, that could help make it easier for Pollak to replace Russell Bodine if he continues to struggle as the starting center.

Oh, and Urbik has seven career starts at center. Perhaps, he could be groomed to eventually take over that role this year if Bodine struggles.

The Bengals will be fine without adding another lineman, but adding Urbik would still be a very nice pickup. I wouldn't give this trade much of a chance of happening, but it is something to watch for.