Potential landing spots for Bengals Pro Bowl DE Trey Hendrickson

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, standout defensive end Trey Hendrickson has requested a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals, ultimately looking for more long-term security than the franchise was willing to offer. 

A three-time Pro Bowler, only Myles Garrett (68) and T.J. Watt (76.5) have more sacks than Hendrickson (57.5) over the past five seasons, so there should be plenty of interest from around the league. But who might be first in line for his services? Here are four potential landing spots for the soon-to-be ex-Bengal. 

Chicago Bears | It’s no secret that the Bears are searching for a running mate to play opposite stud Montez Sweat on the edge, and Hendrickson would more than fit the bill. Chicago has only four picks in this year’s draft but eight in 2025, which it could use as ammunition in a trade. Furthermore, the Bears have plenty of cash to make a contract work, armed with the 12th-most cap space in the NFL ($22.8 million), per Over The Cap.

Detroit Lions | Like the Bears, the Lions need someone like Hendrickson to pair with All-Pro DE Aidan Hutchinson. Likewise, Detroit has plenty of cap space ($27.8 million) to burn for a position of need. Already atop the NFC North pecking order, acquiring another Pro Bowler would only heighten the Lions’ high expectations. 

Indianapolis Colts | The Colts have several needs on both sides of the ball and might choose to focus on cornerbacks and wide receivers early in the draft. If so, they could fill a void at defensive end by trading for Hendrickson, who played under new defensive line coach Charlie Partridge in college at Florida Atlantic. Furthermore, the Colts also have $28.4 million in cap space (eighth in the NFL) to help facilitate a deal. 

Washington Commanders | The top need for the Commanders is quarterback, which they’re likely to fill with the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. However, without another pick until No. 36 of the second round, they may not have the same opportunity to plug the edge-rushing position, arguably their second-biggest need. With the second-most cap space in the NFL ($43.4 million) and 16 draft picks over the next two years, they have the assets to make the move.

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