Why the Cincinnati Bengals did not make a move at the NFL trade deadline

The Walkthru is a daily look at the Bengals, your questions and whatever else spills from the brains of beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski. You can follow them on Twitter (@pauldehnerjr,@JimOwczarski), Instagram (@enqbengals) as well as Enquirer Sports on Facebook for behind the scenes and breaking news. UPDATE: The NFL trade deadline was 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, and passed without the Cincinnati Bengals making a trade. This column has been updated for content and tense to reflect that. With the Cincinnati Bengals clinging to their playoff hopes at 3-4 and in need of improvement across several offensive areas – should they have made a deal? It’s easy to say yes.  The Enquirer had learned the club wasn’t really interested in making a move – even along the offensive line, but the Bengals had the necessary resources to do so. According to the National Football League’s Players Association (NFLPA), the club has just over $11.8 million available in cap space for this year (though the club will say it’s lower than that) and have plenty of draft capital to work with, due in large part to three free agents who left and some trades they already made. The club lost a 2018 seventh-rounder to Jacksonville for acquiring defensive end Chris Smith in April but got it back in August for sending linebacker Marquis Flowers to New England. So, the Bengals have their entire seven-round draft class intact for 2018, and the freakishly accurate OverTheCap.com compensatory pick projection has them… [Read full story]

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