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Will the Bengals trade up for Alabama's Trent Richardson?
Arguably the most intriguing aspect of every draft is the potential for trades during the event. The Bengals don't typically trade on draft day, but the possibility is always there.
There is also always the possibility the Bengals will trade some of their own players for additional picks in the upcoming draft. They did this recently when they traded oft-injured linebacker Keith Rivers to the New York Giants for a fifth-round pick, upping their count of fifth rounders to three.
Outside of the Rivers trade, the Bengals don't appear to be involved in any other trade talks. They seem content enough with their current roster that the only other transactions will now come in the form of draft picks.
The Bengals don't need to trade for other players or picks now. The team doesn't trade often, but when they have recently, they have won big. This includes getting compensation for Rivers and the now infamous Carson Palmer trade that gave the Bengals an additional first-round draft pick this year.
Trade Speculation Looms Large in Cincinnati
Speaking of having two first-round picks, that luxury has ignited a whirlwind storm of trade speculation.
For example, some speculated the Bengals would give a first-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace.
This move would make sense given the Bengals need for a second receiver, but no move has been made because Wallace would demand so much money.
There has also been speculation that the Bengals could package picks together to move up in the first round to select a number of prospects, one being Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Trading up isn't exactly the Bengals' style and likely won't be this year. The team seems content on having an opportunity to select two elite first-round prospects rather than giving up picks and only receiving one first-round talent.
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com has recently confirmed the Bengals don't appear to be in any kind of draft-trade talks.