There could be some trouble brewing in Cincinnati. Eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins is reportedly growing frustrated with his role on the Bengals. It's hard to blame him. After missing the first four games of the year, Atkins played just 19 snaps in Week 5 and 18 snaps in Week 6.
With Atkins essentially being used as a rotational pass-rusher on a 1-4-1 team, perhaps a trade could be the best outcome for both sides. If Cincinnati decides to move on before the Nov. 3 NFL Trade Deadline, here are three of the best landing spots for the two-time first-team All-Pro.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just lost third-year DT Vita Vea, who was just starting to play at an elite level, for the remainder of the season. Atkins would not be a one-to-one replacement for Vea, as he's more of a pass-rusher where Vea excels as a run-stuffer, but he'd still be an excellent fit in TB. Atkins can still create interior pressure with the best of them, posting a top-10 pass-rushing grade among qualified DTs last year, per Pro Football Focus. Pairing that ability with the rest of Tampa Bay's already-dominant front seven would be a great way to go all-in on a Super Bowl hunt. GM Jason Licht would need to figure out a way to make the salary work, though.
2. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys suffered a big blow when Gerald McCoy went down in the offseason. But there's probably no better replacement for him than Atkins. The two are remarkably similar players, and both remain elite at generating interior pressure despite being on the wrong side of 30. If Dallas still wants to make a run at the NFC East crown, it is going to have to address a defense giving up a league-high 36.3 points per game (PPG), and Atkins could be a solid starting point.
1. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have a league-high $30 million in available cap space, making them one of the few teams that can absorb Atkins' $14 million salary in 2020 without much trouble. The fact that Cincinnati would be trading him to a division rival wouldn't be ideal, but crazier things have happened. Pairing Atkins on the interior with Myles Garrett on the edge could help give Cleveland a truly dominant pass-rushing unit.
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