With an Andy Dalton trade and the releases of Cordy Glenn and Dre Kirkpatrick seemingly inevitable, the Cincinnati Bengals are embracing the rebuild. Logically, no unestablished veteran on the roster should be safe with those three nearly out of the door, especially if they possess trade value of their own.
Billy Price may not garner much interest on the trade market, but he is a legitimate option to be dealt by Cincinnati, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.
Price battled a foot injury in training camp last year and ended up losing his starting job to Trey Hopkins. Then he struggled at guard and subsequently lost that job as well. A lot of teams had a first-round grade on Price out of Ohio State, and if one of them needs a center, he still can be a quality option. And the Bengals are open to dealing him.
The rumors of a Price trade never reached the levels of those surrounding Dalton or Glenn, but it does make sense for the Bengals. If he sticks around, competing for either starting guard spot would be Price’s only path onto the field and his plight last year doing that was a failure. He has some value as a backup, but as a former first-round pick, some other team may still believe he can start for them. If so, the Bengals will surely give Price that chance and take the first sign of compensation they see.
The two-year anniversary of the Cordy Glenn trade is nearly upon us and both offensive linemen the Bengals acquired from that deal may not be on the team anymore later this year. It’s the sad reality of how the Bengals ended up at the bottom of the NFL in such short time.