Potential trade partner number 2: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are in the midst of a rebuild. They are turning over the leaf from the old dynasty and trying to build around the new. Joe Burrow looks to be a great first step in that direction.
However, sitting at just 1-4, the Bengals should be active during the trade deadline. They could be looking for anything from bolstering the offensive line, to selling off their aging stars. This bodes well for the Seahawks.
This trade helps both teams. Both the Bengals and Seahawks are shipping away failed experiments. John Ross is one of the fastest players in the league and moving him to a team like the Seahawks could be enough to revive his career. He is buried on the depth chart and has lacked any consistency.
Meanwhile, the Bengals get a versatile offensive lineman who can slide anywhere along the inside. Given the pure lack of offensive line production/consistency, the Bengals need to look to the market to try and give Burrow some semblance of protection. This would be a buy-low target at the deadline for them.
Carlos Dunlap has been a fan favorite in Cincinnati for years. He is one of those quietly productive players who doesn’t receive nearly enough credit for his production. That being said, he is an aging veteran on a rebuilding team. With the team clearly in the hunt for a top pick and out of the playoff race, Dunlap holds a lot less value for the Bengals than a pair of draft picks.
This trade would give Seattle a versatile defensive lineman who could be just what is needed to unlock the potential of the unit. I’m not saying this will bring about the Legion of Boom 2.0 defensive line style or anything like that. However, we should be able to create more pressure, consistently.