After the five minutes it took for the NFL news desk to fully discuss the merits of the Ted Ginn Jr. trade, we immediately turned our thoughts to who might be dealt next. Enter Tony Scheffler into the conversation.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer sat in on Marvin Lewis’ pre-draft news conference Friday and, after reading in between the lines, opines that the speculation about the Bengals trading for Scheffler should be ramped up.
“I think some of it could be addressed prior to the draft, but I do feel we are where we are and we don’t need to panic in any way,” Lewis said during the news conference. “I think we feel good about the three young guys we currently have on our roster.”
As for those three players, Geoff Hobson of the team’s official Web site notes that the Bengals hope to re-sign veteran Reggie Kelly, who played ahead of the less-experienced Dan Coats, Chase Coffman and Darius Hill.
Trade talk on Scheffler has been out there for a while. But he did sign his one-year, $1.176 million tender with the Broncos on Thursday, clearing the way for a deal. Mike Kils of The Denver Post wrote Wednesday that the Broncos hope to land a third-round pick for Scheffler.
The Bengals, in fact, own two third-round picks, at No. 84 and 96.