The Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line has been a topic of conversation, and for good reason. While the starting unit is placed at the tackle points and in the center, the two starting guard duties are open.
Quinton Spain and Xavier Su’a-Filo started at both guard posts in Friday’s game, but the Bengals shouldn’t be content with what they have on the roster. As a result, Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report offered an interesting exchange.
Gagnon proposed that the Bengals contact the Kansas City Chiefs and find out about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Duvernay-Tardif could be sidelined for the Chiefs, who signed veteran Joe Thuney and used a second-round pick against Creed Humphrey. He’s 30 but, like Solder, could be fresh after a year off.
At the very least, the well-respected vet would likely be a reliable presence on the inside, and he brings a lot of playoff experience and pedigree to a rebuilding team.
For Burrow’s sake, it would be worth picking up in the third round if the Chiefs were ready to participate.
Gagnon suggested that the Bengals send a Day 2 selection to Kansas City in exchange for Duvernay-Tardif’s services. The offensive guard was a Chiefs sixth round pick in 2014 and quickly made his way into the starting right guard position where he remained until the end of the 2019 season which ended in a victory. of the Chiefs at the Super Bowl.
Duvernay-Tardif was the first NFL player to retire from the 2020 season, while working on the front lines of the pandemic. As a result, the Chiefs saw what life was like without him and while he was originally in their plans this year, rookie Trey Smith has impressed the right guard and will likely win that starting position, making LDT consumable.
Bengals should reach out to Chiefs over Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
As of now, the Bengals have traded right guard players. Jackson Carman was the initial plan to start there, but mostly struggled through the camp (although he had a good game on Friday night which was a great sight). Carman was among the third strings of the first depth draw with Michael Jordan and Su’a-Filo in front of him.
If the Bengals traded for LDT, they would have a right guard ready to step in and be the starter. Giving up only a third-round pick (as Gagnon suggested) would be worth having an experienced right guard in the fold.
What do you think of this potential trade, Bengals fans?