5 players the Cincinnati Bengals should trade before the deadline

Sep 27, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate (19) is tacked by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Trevor Williams (41) and strong safety Jalen Mills (21) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals need to keep building for the future, so they should trade these five players before the Nov. 3 deadline.

The Cincinnati Bengals are going the right direction, with Joe Burrow looking the part of franchise quarterback and leader a very good start. But the reality is they are 1-4-1 this season, and the three teams above them in the AFC North each have at least four wins.

There seems to be an air of discontent among Bengals’ players right now. First defensive end Carlos Dunlap went public with how his role change was handled earlier this month. Then just this week, defensive tackle Geno Atkins has expressed similar frustration with his role and wide receiver John Ross has reportedly approached the team about a trade as his playing time has dwindled.

Going back to September, wide receiver Auden Tate‘s agent suggested his client would ask for a trade as his role was minimized.

In terms of trade candidates for the Bengals, wide receiver A.J. Green has lingered for a while as he plays on the franchise tag this season. He will surely be gone in free agency come March, so the Bengals would be wise to see what’s out there for him in a trade.

The Bengals have holes to fill, especially along the offensive line and on the defense. Adding draft picks, or just some younger talent, should be a priority.

Here are five players the Bengals should trade before the Nov. 3 deadline.

5. WR Auden Tate

Tate missed Week 6 with a shoulder injury, but he cleared a 30 percent snap share in two of his previous three games. After getting a lot of offseason hype, he has six targets in the three games has played this season (four targets in one of them).

Tate was productive when pressed into a bigger role last year, with 40 receptions for 575 yards on 80 targets in 12 games. That role is not available to him this year, at least without injuries around him again or if someone (or multiple some-ones?) are traded.

Frankly, there may be more trade interest in Tate than another, far more highly-drafted wide Bengals’ receiver on this list.

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