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Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor wouldn't declare who Cincinnati's starting right tackle would be.

The Bengals added Ohio State C Billy Price in the first round of this weekend's draft but still have a looming question mark at right tackle. 23-year-old Bobby Hart, seventh-round hybrid lineman Rod Taylor, and former second-round disappointment Jake Fisher are all expected to compete for the position. Cordy Glenn remains a shoe-in to start at left tackle after being acquired from the Bills in March.
Apr 29 - 6:44 PM

Bengals LB Preston Brown received a $2 million workout bonus.

The bonus was negotiated into his one-year deal he signed with the Bengals in March. Brown logged the second-most snaps among all linebackers last season and will likely play middle linebacker over Vincent Rey once Vontaze Burfict's four-game suspension concludes. There's also an outside chance Rey moves to the strong side, leaving Burfict to play the weak side beginning in Week 5.
Apr 22 - 2:30 PM

Andy Dalton said he's looking forward to the Bengals' new revamped playbook.

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor reportedly spent the offseason adjusting Cincinnati's playbook. "The sense I’m getting is there is going to be a lot of change and a lot of learning," Dalton said. "I think we’re going to be multiple." Lazor replaced Ken Zampese after the Bengals were outscored 33-9 through two games last season. It's great for Dalton's fantasy outlook that, with Lazor calling plays, Cincinnati recorded the fifth-highest passing rate (56%) inside the five-yard line. The Bengals' offense will continue to run through A.J. Green no matter the ensuing changes.
Apr 12 - 9:38 PM

Bengals' LB Vontaze Burfict has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

An NFL spokesperson released a statement confirming Burfict's pending four-game suspension. He's still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. Cincinnati's director of player personnel Duke Tobin has shown no inclination of releasing Burfict despite this news, going as far to say "[the Bengals] are a player-oriented business and the players are the ones that win or lose for us." Following this new development, Burfict will have missed a total of 10 games due to suspension and played in only 36 of a possible 64 regular season contests since 2014.
Apr 12 - 4:00 PM

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and director of player personnel Duke Tobin both reaffirmed that the team has no intention of parting ways with LB Vontaze Burfict.

When asked if he'd consider moving on from Burfict, Lewis bluntly responded "no". "We have conversations on that a lot," Tobin said. "But at the end of the day we are a player-oriented business and the players are the ones that win or lose for us." Burfict's undeniable talent has earned him an infinite leash with the Bengals even in the wake of a possible four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. If the punishment sticks, Burfict will have missed a total of 10 games due to suspension and played in only 36 of a possible 64 regular season contests since 2014.
Mar 31 - 1:39 PM

Bengals VP Troy Blackburn says the team doesn’t think they need to re-do Andy Dalton's deal at this time.

"We don’t think this is the time right now," Blackburn continued. "What we are going to focus on right now is building the best team for 2018 we possibly can." Dalton signed a seven-year, $97.09 million contract in 2014, so there's still time for the Bengals front office to come around on another extension. He's due $13.9 million in 2018, a relatively cheap number since quarterback extensions have ballooned since he initially signed. Dalton will be 31 in October.
Mar 30 - 9:59 AM

Bills signed C Russell Bodine, formerly of the Bengals, to a two-year contract.

Buffalo also signed OT Marshall Newhouse. The two veterans have combined to start 134 games in the NFL, with Bodine starting every game for the Bengals the past four seasons after being a 2014 fourth-rounder. Cincinnati, however, despite all of their offensive line needs, didn't show much interest in bringing Bodine back, which is telling. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 32 center out of 38 qualifiers last season but figures to be in line to replace retired C Eric Wood.
Mar 19 - 6:22 PM

Bills signed QB A.J. McCarron, formerly of the Bengals, to a two-year, $10 million contract.

He can earn another $6 million in incentives. McCarron was linked to Cleveland, but that ship sailed as soon as the Browns traded for Tyrod Taylor. Ironically, McCarron is now headed to Orchard Park as Taylor's replacement. McCarron's $5 million annual salary puts him in the Chase Daniel ballpark, suggesting the Bills view him as a backup. Even if McCarron does open the year as Buffalo's starter, he'll just be keeping the seat warm for whatever quarterback the Bills end up drafting in April.
Mar 14 - 7:26 PM

Cardinals signed OT Andre Smith, formerly of Bengals, to a two-year, $8 million contract.

With incentives, the deal's total value could reach $10.2 million. Smith was expected to play guard for the Bengals last year but wound up starting eight games at right tackle. He struggled over his 536 snaps, particularly in pass-protection. Smith's versatility is a plus but we're guessing he won't do much to solve Arizona's offensive line woes.
Mar 14 - 4:58 PM

Browns signed DE Chris Smith, formerly of the Bengals, to a three-year, $14 million contract.

After three years of light use in Jacksonville, Smith played a career-high 401 snaps last season, notching three sacks. Smith tested as an athletic freak in 2014, and the Browns are betting he will continue to tap into it after finally being given the opportunity last year. Smith turned 26 in February. He's an expensive but intriguing flier for a team that can afford it.
Mar 13 - 4:10 PM

The Bengals will not pick up CB Adam Jones' $5.5 million option for 2018.

Despite this, Cincinnati remains open to bringing Jones back at a reduced cost. The Bengals are committed to Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick on the outside but could keep Pacman in the fold as a nickel-back/return specialist. The 34-year-old is recovering from sports hernia surgery but should be ready for OTAs.
Mar 9 - 2:26 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Chick Hernandez reports free agent DT Chris Baker visited the Bengals on Tuesday and is "likely to end up there."

Baker was released by the Bucs two weeks ago after bombing out as a free-agent signing last offseason. The 30-year-old recorded just a half-sack across 15 games for Tampa Bay but was previously a very disruptive player in Washington. However, Baker has long faced questions about his effort.
Mar 7 - 10:44 AM

Free agent S Kurt Coleman met with the Bengals at the Combine on Thursday.

Coleman also visited with the Saints on Thursday. Released by the Panthers earlier in the week, Coleman figures to draw plenty of interest as a stopgap starter. He turns 30 next month but remains a ballhawk. The Bengals could use an upgrade next to George Iloka after Shawn Williams missed a bunch of time to injury in 2017. Most teams like having three safeties these days.
Mar 2 - 9:37 AM

Browns hired ex-Bengals OC Ken Zampese as QBs coach.

Zampese interviewed for the Browns' OC gig, but he'll instead coach quarterbacks. It's an important job in Cleveland, however, as the Browns are expected to use the No. 1 or 4 overall pick on a signal caller. Coach Hue Jackson needs to develop whoever that pick is, and Zampese is going to play a big part.
Jan 12 - 9:20 AM

Bengals interviewed retired QB Jon Kitna for a job on their coaching staff.

Kitna played five seasons in Cincinnati including three under coach Marvin Lewis. Out of the league since the Cowboys signed him as an emergency option for one game in 2013, Kitna has been teaching and coaching at the high school level. The Bengals have an opening at QBs coach.
Jan 9 - 9:53 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are pursuing Lions DC Teryl Austin to be their assistant head coach.

Rapoport reported Sunday night that Austin is "in negotiations" with the Bengals to become their new defensive coordinator, so this leak could just be an effort to grease the wheels in those talks. All we know right now is Austin is unlikely to stay in Detroit with Patriots DC Matt Patricia expected to take over as head coach.
Jan 8 - 11:30 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals "are in negotiations" with Teryl Austin to be their new defensive coordinator.

Austin is currently the Lions defensive coordinator, but with Patriots DC Matt Patricia likely to fill Detroit's head coaching vacancy, the Lions should be willing to let Austin jump ship. Austin is a respected coordinator who has earned head coaching interviews in the past, but the Lions slumped on defense in 2017. He should be able to get back on track coaching a Bengals unit which has plenty of talent.
Jan 7 - 10:01 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the same position in Cincinnati on Friday.

Austin technically remains under contract with the Lions, so he had to be granted permission to interview for what would be a lateral move. He previously interviewed to replace Jim Caldwell in Detroit. The Bengals are replacing Paul Guenther, whose contract was not renewed. An ex-Ravens assistant, Austin has coordinated the Lions' defense since 2014, largely overseeing solid units. He has never worked with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
Jan 4 - 8:52 PM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Guenther's contract is up, and will not be renewed. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Guenther is the "leading candidate" to serve as Jon Gruden's defensive boss in Oakland. Gruden's hiring isn't yet official, so it could be a while before we officially hear about Guenther's next move. The Bengals' coordinator since 2014, Guenther by and large did a strong job.
Jan 2 - 5:45 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jay Gruden is the Bengals' "preferred candidate" to replace Marvin Lewis as head coach.

With Lewis nearing the end of his 15-year tenure in Cincinnati, the Bengals are beginning their search for a new head coach. Gruden served as the Bengals' offensive coordinator for three years before joining the Redskins in 2014. He still has three years remaining on his contract, but may be tempted to leave with Kirk Cousins headed for free agency. It's a long shot, but it doesn't hurt for the Bengals to at least kick the tires on Gruden.
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