The Bengals finished with the worst record in football, which means they get the first pick of every round of the draft. This also means that their phone will be ringing.
With a trade for Andy Dalton turning in the rumor mill, a PFF analyst suggested the Bengals could be involved in another blockbuster trade.
“I like Cincinnati just because they’re in the top half of every round,” said Eager. “You could say, ‘We trade to the third round,’ but it’s the bottom half of the second if you’re the Lions.”
“They’re not that far away,” he continued. “They have William Jackson, they have Jessie Bates, they have a good front four, they’re going to get [Joe] Burrow in all likelihood. [Slay] could add a lot to that team.”
Slay would be an interesting add for Lou Anarumo’s secondary. The 29-year-old has made three straight Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro in 2017. His skills would be most welcomed.
With Dre Kirkpatrick as a likely cap casualty, Slay could start opposite Jackson. With Darqueze Dennard and Darius Phillips also in the mix, the Bengals secondary could take a huge step forward.
This personnel would be playing under Anarumo, who was the Dolphins’ and Giants’ defensive backs coach before becoming the Bengals’ defensive coordinator.
If the Bengals could get a second or third round pick for Dalton, then that would offset the cost of acquiring Slay.
This seems like a great move for the Bengals, who are going to be more active than usual this offseason. We’ll see how this all works out.