3. NY Jets send Bryce Hall to the Bengals for Jessie Bates
Let's have some fun, shall we? Player-for-player trades are a rarity in the NFL, but they do still occur. The Jets happen to have an abundance of cornerback depth and they could use that to their advantage this summer.
This scenario sees the Jets send a third-round pick and Bryce Hall to the Bengals for Jessie Bates, along with a swap of Day 3 picks. I'd argue this is the best deal for the Bengals on this list.
Yes, they don't land a second-round pick, but they do get a player in Hall who has the potential to be a long-term cornerstone of their defense.
The Bengals' secondary overachieved in 2021 with cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Eli Apple putting together career years. The law of averages would say the unit's bound to regress this season, however.
Cincinnati did go out and draft Nebraska's Cam Taylor-Britt in the second round, but Awuzie is entering the last year of his contract next season. The Bengals could use another young, affordable piece in their cornerback room.
Hall has proven that he can be a starting-caliber cornerback in this league, but he's buried on the depth chart in New York behind Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed. He'd be given the opportunity to push Apple for a starting job in Cincinnati.
His value is likely slightly less than a fourth-round pick which is why the Jets send one of their two sixth-round picks in 2023 to the Bengals in exchange for a seventh-rounder.
If the Bengals are going to trade Jessie Bates, this package makes plenty of sense for them as it gives them an asset that could help them win both in 2022 and the future.