Rumor: Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins want a trade; A.J. Green could also be on move
There are a handful of Cincinnati Bengals players who want out ahead of this year’s trade deadline. The Bengals were criticized last season for essentially sitting out the deadline despite their situation, and they may look to make a move or two this year.
Carlos Dunlap is notably upset with the coaching staff, but he’s not the only member of the Bengals looking for a change of scenery. Geno Atkins and John Ross want out, while A.J. Green and William Jackson would be open to a move.
Former star defensive linemen Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins have made it clear they want to be dealt by the deadline, league sources said, and there is a very strong perception among personnel men around the NFL that former star receiver A.J. Green and top cornerback William Jackson would be very open to a change of scenery. Green’s salary on the franchise tag, steep injury history and lack of performance this season make a trade very difficult, with owner Mike Brown not one to eat salary in order to facilitate a trade. Receiver John Ross, a former first-round bust, also wants out but wouldn’t fetch much in a trade.
Among all the disgruntled players mentioned, veterans Dunlap and Atkins are viewed as the most likely to be dealt due to their imposing presence in a young locker room. However, interested teams apparently aren’t willing to give up much in return because of production concerns.
With a struggling 1-4-1 record to start the season in a stacked AFC North, the Bengals aren’t close to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, the franchise will be able to start anew after getting to trade away their embattled veterans and put their focus on building a positive culture with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow leading the way.