Bengals sending mixed messages

Bengals Weigh Wide Receiver Options

Adam Schefter looks at the Bengals' potential interest in Terrell Owens or Brandon Marshall

Will the Cincinnati Bengals shock the NFL and pull off a blockbuster trade to acquire receiver Brandon Marshall from the Denver Broncos?

The short answer: Probably not.

There have been mixed reports about Cincinnati's plans to acquire a receiver. Names such as Terrell Owens, Kevin Walter and Marshall have all been talked about, and so far nothing has come to fruition.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bengals are contemplating a play for Marshall, who visited this weekend with the Seattle Seahawks. But thinking about a player and actually making a trade are two vastly different things.

Considering Cincinnati's history, giving up its first-round pick and signing Marshall to a contract extension that, at the very least, would start in the range of $30-40 million would be completely out of character for the Bengals.

Cincinnati has expressed some level of interest in free-agent receiver Owens, who can sign at a much cheaper rate and the team would still retain its first-round pick to address other needs.

Although that move isn't a slam dunk, either, it's still more likely T.O. or some other free-agent receiver wears Bengals stripes next year than Marshall.