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With more qualified running backs than roster spots, could the Bengals look to trade away a young rushing prospect?

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The Bengals are going to have to make some tough decisions at the running back position.

Obviously, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are going to take most of the responsibility out of the backfield.

The Bengals also drafted Mark Walton in the fourth round this year, so he seems like a roster lock. But in the preseason Week 2 matchup against the Cowboys, he lost nine yards on three carries.

Tra Carson has had a good camp and preseason so far and looks like he will finally make the roster. In the last two preseason games, Carson has racked up 48 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Going into Week 3, he is only one yard behind Clayton Fejedelem for the team lead in rushing yards. His 12 rushing attempts leads the team.

Brian Hill was signed off of the Falcons’ practice squad last season and racked up 11 carries during the season. He led the team in receiving yardage last night with 47 yards and a touchdown. On the last touchdown drive of the game, Hill touched the ball on all four plays and gained 59 total yards. These were his only touches of the game, but he made good use of them.

So, between the last three options, there are only one or two spots for them to fill.

The Bengals might try to shop some running backs around in order to avoid releasing someone or trying to stash someone on the practice squad. With all the injuries going around the NFL, running backs are usually in demand.

Where might a running back land if the Bengals traded one away?

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have had horrible luck this preseason with injuries. Their first-round pick, Derrius Guice, tore his ACL in their first preseason game and is out for the season. The next two up, Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall, went down with injuries the next week.

The Redskins need running backs and they need them now.

Head coach Jay Gruden has brought in Adrian Peterson, which shows how desperate they are. Peterson was the league’s best running backs in the NFL in his prime, but at 33 years of age, they can’t count on him for a full season.

The Redskins are still in need of depth, and the Bengals could easily get a draft pick in exchange for a running back.

Pittsburgh Steelers

It would be a shame to see one of the Bengals running backs be shipped off to the Steel City, but a trade there would be better for the Bengals than getting nothing in return from a simply cutting one of the backs.

One of the biggest headlines this season is going to be Le’Veon Bell and whether or not he will play under the franchise tender this season. If Bell still refuses to play, the next man up will be James Connor, who only has 32 career carries under his belt. Roosevelt Nix would be next with only three carries, followed by Jaylen Samuels who was a late round draft pick this year.

The Steelers might trust Connor to be the workhorse back with Bell sitting out, but they might want some extra depth behind him.

Buffalo Bills

The Bengals seem to have a healthy relationship with the Bills, so one more trade could work out wonderfully.

This offseason, the Bills sent over Cordy Glenn and the pick the Bengals used on Billy Price. In essence, they gave the Bengals two-fifths of the starting offensive line in one trade. In return, the Bengals gave the Bills the pick that they would use to trade up to draft Josh Allen.

So could the Bills add a running back to join AJ McCarron and Russell Bodine as former Bengals in Buffalo?

The Bills need some youth in their running back room. Right now three of the top four running backs on the depth chart are 30 years old, and the fourth is only 29. LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory are a pretty good one-two punch, but Father Time will catch up with them soon. Ivory will probably never be the running back he was with the Jets, when had 627 carries for 2,724 yards and 16 touchdowns in 15 games from 2013-2015.

Behind them are the 29-year-old Travaris Cadet and the 30-year-old Taiwan Jones who have combined for 93 carries since 2012.

Whether or not the Bills want youth in the backfield or some special teams potential, they should look to Cincinnati for another trade.