The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals are heated rivals, but can the two play nice on the bargaining table?
With the Nov. 1 trade deadline fast approaching, Cincinnati might be in the market for a wide receiver. The Bengals have mid-level receivers outside of A.J. Green. Cincinnati starts Brandon LaFell as their No. 2 receiver. Green has already 50 receptions on the season. LaFell barely has half that with 27. The Bengals could use an upgrade on the outside to complement Green.
A team with a wealth of wideouts happens to be division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers have arguably the best collection of receivers in the NFL. That argument is strengthened with Martavis Bryant (who is suspended for one year). Acquiring Bryant won’t help the Bengals right away. Antonio Brown is as close to untradeable at the receiver position as you can get. But the Steelers could listen to other offers.
CBS Sports’ Jared Dublin believes Cincinnati should place a call to Pittsburgh to inquire about Markus Wheaton. Wheaton has had a subpar season. The fourth-year receiver has been battling a shoulder injury. He’s appeared in just three games and has a forgettable 4 catches.
With Pittsburgh’s assortment of receivers, Wheaton could be viewed as expendable, especially when Bryant makes his way back next season.
The Steelers would probably listen if the Bengals were offering a third- or fourth-round pick. Or a package with LaFell and a draft pick.
Will a deal between the two happen? Probably not. Trades within the division are rare. However, the 3-4 Bengals need a jumpstart.