Bengals Rumors & News

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Bengals’ line coach decries “witch hunt” against his center

    Pro Football Talk "Many in Cincinnati hoped the Bengals would draft a center to replace the current starter, Russell Bodine. The Bengals’ offensive line coach doesn’t appreciate that. When reporters asked Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander whether fifth-round rookie guard Christian Westerman could move..." May 01

  • Bengals end DT Andrew Billings' slide in 4th round

    The Score "The Cincinnati Bengals have selected defensive tackle Andrew Billings out of Baylor in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. " April 30

  • Jay Gruden sees some of A.J. Green in Josh Doctson

    Washington Post "Wide receiver wasn’t a significant priority for the Washington Redskins in the first round, but they stuck with their board on Thursday. After trading down a spot with the Houston Texans, Josh Doctson remained the best player available in the Redskins’ war room. Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said..." April 29

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    John Fay @johnfayman

    #Bengals take CB William Jackson III from Houston.

  • Cornerback William Jackson taken by Bengals at No. 24 overall

    SB Nation "One of the top cornerbacks in this year's NFL Draft class, William Jackson was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 24 overall pick. Jackson, a JUCO transfer to Houston, was a two-year starter with the team and is one of the few cornerbacks considered NFL-ready but was overshadowed by..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Receiver roulette: Digging into top rookie WR options

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Bengals need a wide receiver to assist covering the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. The top of this draft offers a unique array of different options. Depending on taste and preference, a receiver that fits the fancy of each team is available. No two are alike. Who are these guys?..." April 28

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Bengals to release A.J. Hawk

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals added a veteran linebacker to their roster last month when they signed Karlos Dansby after Dansby was released by the Browns. With Dansby on board, they appear to feel they have enough depth at the position to part ways with another veteran. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Bengals sign Taylor Mays

    WLWT "The Cincinnati Bengals have signed safety Taylor Mays, the team announced Friday. Mays, an unrestricted free agent, played in 14 games with five starts for Oakland last season. He will be a seventh-year NFL player in 2016. He previously played four seasons (2011-14) for Cincinnati, appearing..." April 15

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    Coley Harvey @ColeyHarvey

    #Bengals announce are exercising the fifth-year option on tight end Tyler Eifert, meaning he'll be under... https://t.co/Lx9Av9n3Bm

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11

  • Browns HC left Cincy after takeover plan nixed

    CBS Sports "There's an extra layer of complexity added to the Friday afternoon contract extension Marvin Lewis received from the Bengals. Turns out, Browns coach and former Cincy offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was nearly involved. According to Mike Silver on NFL Network, when discussing contract..." April 09

  • Bengals' Kirkpatrick: I didn't stop I-75 wrong-way driver from drinking

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick took to Twitter Friday to mourn the loss of friend Kory Wilson, one of three people killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 in Evendale early Friday. Police received a 911 call about an SUV driving the wrong way on I-75 about 3:30 a.m. Friday...." April 09

  • Bengals, Lewis agree to contract extension

    NFL.com "Another offseason, another one-year contract extension for Marvin Lewis. NFL Media's Michael Silver reported Friday that the Bengals coach, whose contract was set to expire at the end of next season, has agreed to a deal through 2017, per a team source. The contract will replace Lewis'..." April 09

  • Reggie Nelson's departure about Shawn Williams’ rise

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Safety Reggie Nelson spent the last six seasons carving a spot in the heart of Bengals coaches and fans. Of course, 23 interceptions and leading the team each of the last two seasons will do that. Ripping off one in each of five consecutive games as he did in 2015 - as well as two more against..." April 08

  • ‘Nothing to’ report of Bengals' impatience with Lewis

    Cincinnati Enquirer "On Wednesday, BleacherReport.com reported that Cincinnati Bengals owner and president Mike Brown, along with sources “in and around the organization” were growing impatient with head coach Marvin Lewis due to his lack of success in the playoffs. On Thursday, a source with direct knowledge of..." April 08

  • Should the Bengals try to sign former Browns safety Donte Whitner?

    Cincy Jungle "Earlier this week, the Cleveland Browns made a decision to release Donte Whitner. This news comes at a time when the Bengals are also dealing with issues at the safety position, given Reggie Nelson is signing a two-year deal with the Raiders, leaving their depth in question. Although Whitner is..." April 07

  • Bengals Ownership Growing Impatient with Marvin Lewis

    Bleacher Report "According to multiple sources in and around the Cincinnati Bengals organization, there is growing impatience among the ownership regarding head coach Marvin Lewis. What has been the glaring problem with Lewis' tenure? Could the Lewis era in Cincinnati soon come to an end? Watch Bleacher..." April 06

  • Report: NFL ditching rookie symposium, teams responsible

    Sportsnaut "In a strange move that could portent unintended negative consequences, the NFL has reportedly ditched its rookie symposium, per Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The rookie symposium has been held every year for all the drafted rookies around the league the past 20 years. It is..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell returned to Twitter and NFL fans let him have it

    Fox Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to Twitter Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years to announce the league's new plan to stream Thursday night games on Twitter. Within seconds of Goodell's tweet, however, it was immediately apparent why the commissioner hasn't been on social media..." April 05

  • Twitter Said to Win NFL Deal for Thursday Streaming Rights

    Bloomberg "Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said. The social-media company was said to be bidding against a slate of heavyweights including Verizon Communications Inc.,..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell says expanded NFL playoffs will 'likely' happen

    CBS Sports "The topic of expanding the NFL postseason seems to come up every year, and every year, the league ends up nixing the idea. Don't be surprised if that changes soon, though. During a meeting with Jaguars season-ticket holders over the weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL..." April 05

  • What is the NFL’s actual position on the link between football and CTE?

    Pro Football Talk "So does the NFL concede that there’s a link between football and CTE? The answer isn’t as clear as it could be, or should be. NFL executive V.P. of player health and safety Jeff Miller recently told a Congressional committee that a link exists. Multiple owners have since questioned Miller’s..." April 04

  • Brandon LaFell signed with Bengals so he could continue winning

    The Score "Brandon LaFell got used to winning during his two seasons with the New England Patriots, so the idea of signing with a rebuilding team wasn't at all appealing to him. Although the Cincinnati Bengals haven't experienced the same kind of playoff success as the Patriots, LaFell saw something..." April 01

  • Report: NFL cancels veteran combine

    The Score "The NFL cancelled the veteran combine this year, according to Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm. In an initiative built to provide veterans with a chance to re-enter the league, the league debuted the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine last March. Unfortunately, the combine did little to bolster the..." March 31

  • Brandon LaFell reaches deal with Bengals

    ESPN "Former New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell has reached agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals, agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod said Wednesday. In two seasons with the Patriots, LaFell caught 111 passes and scored seven touchdowns. However, his role diminished greatly in..." March 30

  • New York Times has no public response to retraction demand from NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has launched an extensive attack on the New York Times in response to a double-barreled article regarding flawed concussion research and alleged ties to the tobacco industry. In response, the New York Times has nothing to say publicly. Contacted by PFT Live with a request for a..." March 30

  • NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions

    Capital New York "The National Football League is demanding The New York Times retract an article published last week about the league's research into concussions among pro football players. In a letter that was sent to the Times' legal counsel Monday and obtained by POLITICO, an attorney for the NFL, Brad S...." March 29

  • Lingering CTE debate launches new lawsuit against NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has been unable to get certain owners to not spout off nonsense about the link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. The good news is that the league now has a sufficiently compelling reason for telling the members to quit putting their feet in their mouths regarding..." March 29

  • Bengals to sign veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby

    NFL.com "Karlos Dansby is more than a linebacker. He's a seer. Released by the Browns earlier this month, the 34-year-old veteran told Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot: "I'm sure the Bengals are licking their chops right now." He wasn't wrong. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Cincinnati..." March 29

  • DT Brandon Thompson re-signs with Bengals

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Bengals re-signed defensive tackle Brandon Thompson on Thursday, according to his agency Element Sports Group. Thompson entered free agency for the first time this offseason after being drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2012 draft. The timing for Thompson proved unfortunate..." March 24

  • Bengals owner won’t commit to Marvin Lewis beyond 2016

    Sportsnaut "There are some around the football world that believe Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis should have been shown the door following his team’s epic meltdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. There are others who think he should have been fired long before that. The..." March 24

  • NFL used flawed data, left out at least 100 concussions in studies

    CBS Sports "On Thursday the New York Times released a bombshell of a report on the NFL's research into concussions, claiming the data the league used is "incomplete," "flawed" and "faulty." These assertions are made largely in part because of missing information from the concussion research the league began..." March 24

  • Talks over Roger Goodell's disciplinary role take 'massive step backwards'

    ESPN "Negotiations to remove NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the final voice on all player appeals under the personal conduct policy took a "massive step backwards," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union's executive committee. ESPN.com obtained a copy of the email,..." March 24

  • League officials admit touchback rule may have unintended consequences

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL views kickoff returns as the most dangerous play in football, with players running full speed at each other. As a result, the league continues to pass new rules designed to increase the number of touchbacks and decrease the number of returns. Another such rule was passed today. But..." March 23

  • Bengals, LaFell closing in on a deal

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals have lost receivers Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones to free agency. Soon, they likely will be adding a replacement. Per a league source, the Bengals and Brandon LaFell are closing in on striking a deal that would place the veteran wideout in Cincinnati. LaFell, cut by the Patriots..." March 23

  • NFL adopts 7 new rules, including making 15-yard PATs permanent

    Fox Sports "The NFL’s Competition Committee and its teams put forth 19 proposed rule changes to be voted on by owners at this week’s meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., and seven of those were adopted Tuesday. Voting and discussion on other proposals will continue Wednesday. Tuesday’s biggest change was..." March 22

  • NFL eliminates all 'chop' style blocks for 2016 season

    NFL.com "In a move that will cause sweeping changes to NFL offensive strategy for the 2016 season and beyond, owners decided Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting to abolish any and all "chop" style blocks. It was a move met with immediate and resounding praise from defensive players tired of getting their..." March 22

  • NFL makes extra point change permanent

    Pro Football Talk "Before the 2015 season, the NFL changed the rules for extra points by moving the snap for kicks to the 15-yard-line. The change was made on a one-year basis in hopes of adding a bit of intrigue to what had become an essentially automatic kick when the ball was snapped at the 2-yard-line. The..." March 22

  • NFL considering “Rooney-like” rule for hiring of women

    The Comeback "No one would be shocked to learn that the NFL front office is a man’s world, given the game is played by only men at the professional level as we speak. However, the league is looking to include more women in executive and front office positions at the head office and throughout the league. In..." March 22

  • Marvin Lewis: Bengals won't entertain trade offers for McCarron

    The Score "After a 2015 season in which he saw the first extended action of his NFL career, AJ McCarron was almost certain to generate some interest around the league. The Cincinnati Bengals, however, appear to value his presence behind Andy Dalton more than they would any possible trade..." March 21

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