Why would they make the trade? Bengals’ owner/general manager Mike Brown hasn’t committed to Andy Dalton for the future. With the red-haired quarterback being a free agent in 2020, his time wearing the tiger stripes may be ending soon. Couple Brown’s lack of commitment with an overdue coaching change and the Bengals may be looking for their shot-caller of the future sooner rather than later.
While the Bengals could get that young quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 11th pick may not be able to get Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, or Drew Lock. However, it would surely be able to get Rosen, a fantastic prospect in his own right, if the Cardinals do take Murray.
Why wouldn’t they make the trade? They may look to tank to get a top quarterback in the next two drafts, or Brown actually sees the 31-year-old Dalton as his quarterback of the present and future. They may instead decide to take Daniel Jones with the 11th pick or add to a talent-deficient defense.
What are their trade assets looking like? In the first four rounds of the ’19 draft, the Bengals hold the 11th, 42nd, 73rd, and 111th picks. In terms of tradeable players, big-name receiver A.J. Green has popped up here and there as a trade candidate but is likely to be extended, instead, it could be 2017 first round receiver John Ross that gets the boot.