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Bengals tried to make a move

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

There was a mystery team connected to the Dallas Cowboys before Tuesday’s trade deadline, and according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that team was the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters a team put forth a "significant" offer for one of his players this week that Jones turned down. Mortensen reports the player was Cowboys backup tight end Martellus Bennett and the team was the first-place Bengals (4-2).

It makes sense. Cincinnati has been banged up at tight end as Reggie Kelly (Achilles) and Ben Utecht (concussion) both went down early with season-ending injuries. Daniel Coats, a tight end/fullback hybrid, has struggled catching the ball. The Bengals also have a pair of young, developing tight ends on their roster in J.P. Foschi and Chase Coffman.

Cincinnati rarely makes many splashes in the trade market. But at least the reported attempt this week shows the Bengals are trying to win now and hold onto the AFC North division lead.