Originally posted on NFL News & Rumors  |  Last updated 2/29/12

The 2012 NFL Draft is still a little less than two months away, but already there are rumblings of potential draft day trades, the latest of which involves the Bengals and the Cardinals.

According to Bear Heiser and Daniel Wolf of National Football Authority, talks between Cincinnati and Arizona have already begun, although the two sides aren’t likely to complete a deal until the first round commences on April 26th.

The main motivating factor in the discussion on the part of the Bengals is to move up high enough to land running back Trent Richardson (Alabama), who is universally considered to be the top player available at his position.

Whether or not Richardson will be available at the Cardinals slot (#13 overall) is anyone’s best guess at this point, but it never hurts to set a bit of groundwork to be sure a possible match exists before making a decision on which direction to go in free agency.

Cincinnati seems ready to move on from running back Cedric Benson this off-season, and the addition of Richardson to the fold would certainly allow them to do that and feel comfortable with their offense not taking a step back as a result.

A trade to move up to Arizona’s pick would undoubtedly cost the Bengals the #17 overall selection and would likely have to include a pick or two outside of the first round as well.

©2012 NFL News & Rumors. All Rights Reserved.

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