Bengals Urged to Trade for 8-Time All-Pro Pass Rusher

Bengals Urged to Trade for 8-Time All-Pro Pass Rusher

As the Cincinnati Bengals remain the last team to beat the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the postseason, beefing up the defense for 2024 makes all the sense in the world.

 

 

Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay suggested the Bengals trade for 8-time All-Pro and 10-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Aarond Donald.

 

 

 

 

It would mark an ironic move for the Bengals, which lost to Donad’s Los Angeles Rams in the 2021 Super Bowl after a win over the Chiefs. “Although Cincinnati had its championship dreams dashed by an unforgettable Donald sack two years ago, the city would likely forgive him if he’s traded to the Bengals,” Kay wrote.

“He’s one of the few players capable of collapsing the pocket seemingly at will, and he would help Cincinnati execute the same type of plan for stopping Patrick Mahomes.

 

 

Bengals Urged to Trade for 8-Time All-Pro Pass Rusher

 

 

Same plan that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided the league when they handed him his lone Super Bowl loss three years ago.” “The costs of making such a deal could be interesting, as compensation would likely hinge on Donald’s desire to continue playing beyond 2024,” Kay continued.

“Regardless, the Bengals should have no qualms about coughing up their first-rounder and more to get even a single season of high-level play from the future Hall of Famer.”

 

 

Kay proposed that the Bengals trade their No. 18 NFL Draft pick plus a third-round pick at No. 80 to the Rams in exchange for Donald.

Bengals Urged to Trade for 8-Time All-Pro Pass Rusher

Cincinnati has room under the salary cap with $61.37 million available as Donald enters a season where he will make $35 million if he’s with the Rams in 2024. Despite the Rams’ reduction in success since the 2021 Super Bowl win, Donald still plays at a high level. He made his latest All-Pro team and Pro Bowl in 2023.

“Donald racked up 53 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, eight sacks and 31 pressures en route to his eighth All-Pro nod this past season,” Kay wrote. “He earned a sterling 90.9 grade from Pro Football Focus for those efforts, which was his 10th straight year of notching a grade 90 or above.”

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