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Trey Hendrickson sends big warning to Bengals after trade request

Trey Hendrickson looking on

Oct 9, 2022; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) warms up before an NFL Week 5 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Standout pass rusher Trey Hendrickson has demanded a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals, and has given a big warning to the organization if they refuse to grant his request.

Hendrickson is still hoping for a long-term contract offer from the Bengals, his agent, Harold Lewis, told Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. If the Bengals do not offer Hendrickson an extension, the defensive star could even consider retirement.

For what it’s worth, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reported that the Bengals have no intention of trading Hendrickson, and view him as a vital part of the team.

Hendrickson may be bluffing with the retirement threat, as he is only 29 and has given no real indication previously that retirement could be on the table. He has two years remaining on the 4-year, $60 million contract he signed in 2021, so he does not have a lot of other leverage if he wants a new deal.

Hendrickson collected 17.5 sacks last season, so it is fair for him to say he has outperformed his current deal. If anything, he may have underestimated himself in that negotiation, leaving him in a tougher spot now. Still, the Bengals have some unhappy players on their hands, so it may be a bit of a challenge for them to sort this out before next season.

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