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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals are considering bringing back ex-Browns coach Hue Jackson to rejoin coach Marvin Lewis' staff.

That's the word around town, and Lewis didn't shoot it down on Monday. Jackson was on Lewis' staff in Cincinnati from 2004-06 as WRs coach and again from 2012-15 in various roles before landing the Browns' gig. Lewis wants to focus more on the defense in the second half of the season, and Jackson could help OC Bill Lazor out on that side of the ball. We're not sure how much "help" Jackson would ultimately provide, but he and Lewis are longtime friends. That trumps all.
Nov 12 - 6:41 PM

Bengals fired DC Teryl Austin.

Austin can certainly point to injuries to explain Cincinnati's struggles on defense this season, but this is an understandable move considering how far the Bengals' defense has fallen short of expectations. Despite one of the better defensive lines, the Bengals are currently in the bottom third of the league in sacks, and they have allowed at least 28 points in six of their last seven games including 51 to the Saints in a walkover on Sunday. New Orleans also gained 509 yards in that game, making the Bengals the first team in the Super Bowl era to give up at least 500 yards three games in a row. Firing Austin probably will not be the panacea, but Cincinnati had to try something.
Nov 12 - 9:44 AM

Bengals waived QB Christian Hackenberg.

Connor Cook was added to the practice squad in a swap of failed former Big Ten quarterbacks to whom Jon Gruden assigned pre-draft first-round grades.
Nov 5 - 4:36 PM

Bills signed QB Matt Barkley, formerly of the Bengals.

Barkley spent the summer with Cincinnati but sprained his MCL in the preseason and didn't make the team. He'll back up Nathan Peterman in Week 9.
Oct 31 - 11:12 AM

Bengals waived WR Auden Tate.

The No. 253 overall pick of the draft, Tate had yet to be active this season.
Oct 18 - 3:34 PM

Bengals waived RB Thomas Rawls.

The ex-Seahawk lasted 20 days in Cincinnati. It could mean the Bengals are optimistic about Giovani Bernard's (knee) status, but that would be slightly ahead of schedule for the No. 2 back.
Oct 9 - 3:48 PM

Free agent TE Clive Walford worked out for the Bengals.

The Bengals have a need at tight end. Tyler Eifert is done for the season and Tyler Kroft (foot) was banged up in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. A formerly buzzed-about prospect, Walford couldn't make the TE-needy Jets' 53-man roster in the summer.
Oct 9 - 1:52 PM

Raiders signed Brandon LaFell to a one-year contract.

Set to turn 32 in November, LaFell meets the age threshold for Jon Gruden's Raiders. The former Bengal has a good shot to earn the No. 3 job behind Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson at some point this season, but he is not worth a look except in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Sep 3 - 12:36 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis left open the possibility of re-signing DE Michael Johnson.

Johnson failed to make the 53-man roster out of training camp this summer but Lewis implied the team could circle back to him at some point. "Michael is one of those pillars that has been here and has given everything he can to this building," said Lewis after Saturday's roster cuts. "Those are tough decisions and tough conversations to have." The 31-year-old's release saved the Bengals nearly $5 million in cap space.
Sep 2 - 10:50 AM

Vikings CB Terence Newman announced his retirement from the NFL after 15 seasons.

Newman turns 40 in three days. A remarkable career for Newman, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2003 draft by the Cowboys. He spent his first nine seasons in Dallas followed by three each with the Bengals and Vikings, following coach Mike Zimmer in all three cities. Newman attributed his longevity to red wine. He made two Pro Bowls and recorded 42 career interceptions.
Sep 1 - 4:18 PM

Bengals released DE Michael Johnson.

The move comes after the Bengals extended Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins. It frees up $4.98 million in cap space. Now 31, Johnson has a modest 13.5 sacks over the past three seasons. He should find a new home relatively quickly. The Bengals also released/waived HB Ryan Hewitt, C T.J. Johnson, LB Brandon Bell, S Tyrice Beverette, TE Moritz Böhringer, WR Devonte Boyd, DT Andrew Brown, K Jonathan Brown, HB Quinton Flowers, HB Jordan Franks, CB C.J. Goodwin, HB Brian Hill, LB Junior Joseph, C Brad Lundblade, WR Jared Murphy, OT Justin Murray, OG Kent Perkins, DT Simeyon Robinson, WR Kayaune Ross, CB KeiVarae Russell, WR Ka'Raun White, WR Kermit Whitfield, DT Eddy Wilson, QB Logan Woodside and LS Chris Worley.
Sep 1 - 2:40 PM

Bengals waived RB Brian Hill.

A 2017 fifth-round pick of the Falcons, Hill got beaten out by Tra Carson in Bengals camp. Hill will maintain practice squad eligibility for the 2018 season.
Sep 1 - 2:32 PM

Bengals released FB Ryan Hewitt.

A favorite of ex-OC Ken Zampese, Hewitt spent four years in Cincy after winning a spot as an UDFA. He had two years left on an extension he signed two years ago. Hewitt should get another look as a fullback-tight end hybrid.
Sep 1 - 11:44 AM

Bengals released DT Chris Baker.

Baker signed a one-year "prove-it" deal with the Bengals back in March after flopping as a bust and being released from his three-year, $15.75 million contract with the Buccaneers the year prior. He'll receive $300,000 guaranteed from the club, but Baker was on the outside looking in due to his poor performance throughout the preseason. Another team will likely take a shot on him, but he'll again have to prove his lack of motivation and effort are things of the past.
Aug 24 - 9:50 AM

Vikings signed S George Iloka, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year contract.

Iloka flirted with the Raiders and Vikings, where both of his former defensive coordinators now coach. He joins a Minnesota defense that is completely stacked at all three levels and gives the team a third safety for sub-packages. Iloka is big enough where he could also play some dime linebacker. Iloka's addition isn't expected to have an impact on Andrew Sendejo's job.
Aug 22 - 11:36 AM

Bengals released S George Iloka.

Iloka's release saves the Bengals $5.6 million in cap space, though it also leaves $1.8 million in dead money. A mainstay in Cincinnati, the 28-year-old collected 80 tackles and one interception over 16 starts last year. It's been a rough offseason for safeties on the open market, though we're guessing Iloka won't take long to resurface. With Iloka out of the picture in Cincinnati, look for second-round rookie Jessie Bates to start at strong safety.
Aug 19 - 1:52 PM

Bengals WR John Ross opened the team's scrimmage as the No. 2 receiver on Saturday.

In their first "mock game" since releasing Brandon LaFell, the Bengals lined up Ross on the opposite sideline of A.J. Green. Tyler Boyd opened as the team's starting slot receiver. The No. 9 overall pick just last year, Ross will undoubtedly have all the opportunity in the world to flourish as long as he remains healthy. Josh Malone is also a player worth monitoring for Cincinnati if either Ross or Boyd fail to contribute early.
Aug 4 - 1:28 PM

Bengals signed CB C.J. Goodwin.

Goodwin has struggled to remain on a roster in recent months, being waived four times since December. His largest contribution to date was when he played 115 snaps for the Falcons during their Super Bowl loss in 2016. He remains a long-shot to make Cincinnati's 53-man roster.
Aug 4 - 12:28 PM

Bengals released Brandon LaFell.

This move comes a day after ESPN's Katherine Terrell placed LaFell on the roster bubble. LaFell's agent told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo they "have been lobbying for his release for some time now." It is an interesting decision considering how veteran receivers have been treated so far this offseason -- Dez Bryant, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Maclin are still free agents -- but LaFell apparently saw the writing on the wall. Cutting LaFell suggests the Bengals are confident John Ross is ready to contribute. 2017 fourth-rounder Josh Malone is also a name to watch.
Aug 2 - 10:01 AM

Bengals OG Rod Taylor (torn ACL) is out for the season.

Taylor was a utility lineman at Mississippi, playing right guard as a freshman and sophomore, left tackle as a junior, and right tackle last year. The Bengals did all they could to address their line by acquiring Cordy Glenn and using the No. 21 overall pick on C Billy Price this offseason, but Taylor had immediate potential as serviceable depth. Cedric Ogbuehi, Eric Winston, and Bobby Hart are all likely to remain in the mix with Taylor out.
Jul 28 - 10:37 AM

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