Bengals Rumors & News

  • NFL: Concussions dropped by around 10 percent

    Fanrag Sports "According to the NFL, concussions dropped in 2016, falling by around 10 percent. That would make it appear that the strict concussion protocol has been working. Since the lawsuit, the NFL has been working to cut back on concussions. They originally rose with the new protocol, but the NFL..." March 28

  • 2017 NFL schedule: League reportedly hoping to unveil full schedule in late April

    CBS Sports "The release of the NFL schedule has become much more than an announcement with a long list of football games to be played in the future. It’s become a full-blown spectacle, with a three- or four-hour television program planned around it on multiple networks. This despite everyone already knowing..." March 28

  • Leaping block attempts on field goals, extra points expected to be banned

    ESPN "NFL owners are expected to pass a rule on Tuesday that will prohibit players from leaping over linemen to try to block field goal and extra-point attempts, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sources said the league feels the play is too dangerous and a player could get flipped over and..." March 28

  • NFL Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation Proposal

    NBC New York "NFL owners have given the Oakland Raiders the green light to continue with their current home in the East Bay in favor of Las Vegas. Stay tuned for updates. Monday could be the day many fans of the "Silver and Black" have feared for years. NFL owners stationed in Phoenix could vote as..." March 28

  • The NFL has an odd rule about refs visiting Las Vegas during the regular season

    CBS Sports "If the Raiders want to have an officiating crew at the first game they play in Las Vegas, then the NFL is going to have change one of its weirdest rules, which you probably didn’t even know about: NFL refs aren’t allowed to visit Sin City during the season. Under current league policy, every..." March 27

  • Pacman Jones Pleads Not Guilty To Hotel Assault Charges

    TMZ "Pacman Jones is digging in ... pleading not guilty in his crazy incident at a Cincinnati hotel -- the same incident when he was caught on tape wishing death on a police officer. The Bengals star was arrested on January 3 for allegedly roughing up a security guard. He was later charged with..." March 27

  • NFL owners to rake in absurd money in Rams, Chargers and Raiders relocation fees

    Sportsnaut "NFL owners are in Phoenix, Arizona for the Annual League Meeting, and they’re expected to approve a proposal that would send the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Now we have at least one idea about why there is so much overwhelming support for the proposed move, as it means more money in the..." March 27

  • Bengals re-sign Wallace Gilberry

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals re-signed running back and special teams stalwart Cedric Peerman this week and he’s not the only member of the 2016 roster returning after hitting free agency. Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry’s agents announced that Gilberry will be back with the team in 2017. Gilberry first..." March 25

  • Bengals release LB Rey Maualuga

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals are the only NFL team Rey Maualuga has known. That is about to change. Cincinnati announced Saturday it has parted with its long-time linebacker. Maualuga, a second-round pick in 2009 out of USC, has spent his entire eight-year career with the club. There were clues, however,..." March 25

  • Bengals' ST coordinator: Peerman's return 'immense'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Bengals assured leadership will return on special teams by re-signing running back Cedric Peerman on Thursday, The Enquirer confirmed. This is a one-year contract. The 30-year-old Peerman went to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer in his last full season of 2015. Last year, he missed the..." March 24

  • Bengals bringing back running back Cedric Peerman

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals have seen plenty of players leave this offseason, but they’re hanging onto to one of their own. According to Zac Jackson of (the name’s not familiar, but the face rings a bell), the Bengals are bringing back running back Cedric Peerman." March 23

  • ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

    Awful Announcing "Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo..." March 23

  • Bengals players grapple with uncertain futures

    Cincinnati Enquirer "A.J. McCarron brought his right hand to his heart. His arm can be measured. His athleticism, too. His film can be dissected. But in there, beating beneath his palm, is the one thing he says can help him lead an NFL franchise. “That’s hard to see,” he said, sitting in the University of..." March 23

  • Felony charges against Adam Jones dropped

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals cornerback Adam Jones isn’t out of the woods yet, but the concentration of trees in this particular forest is less dense now. According to Katherine Terrell of, felony charges of harassment with a bodily substance against Jones have been dropped. That’s a long-winded way of..." March 22

  • Cardinals lose another defender as Kevin Minter reportedly signs with Bengals

    ALL 22 "Former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, according to a report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson. A former second-round pick out of LSU in the 2013 NFL Draft, Minter spent four seasons with the Cardinals before entering free..." March 19

  • Slim pickings remain in free agency

    Pro Football Talk "There aren’t many big moves left to make in free agency. Sure, there’s still the question of whether our No. 1 free agent, Le’Veon Bell, will sign a long-term deal in Pittsburgh or play this season on the franchise tag. And there are big names out there like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and..." March 18

  • Bengals Re-Sign RFA OL T.J. Johnson To Two-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday that they’ve re-signed restricted free agent OL T.J. Johnson. According to Jim Owczarski, the Bengals signed Johnson to a two-year contract. Johnson figures to be in the mix to start at guard for the Bengals in 2016 now that they’ve lost Kevin Zeitler to..." March 17

  • Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap: “I don’t see the plan”

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals have lost some of their top players in free agency, and at least one of the top players who remains isn’t sure what’s going on. Pro Bowl defensive end Carlos Dunlap took to Twitter and said he doesn’t understand what the Bengals’ plan is in free agency, adding that the players don’t..." March 15

  • Andre Smith to rejoin Bengals

    Dayton Daily News "The same day the Cincinnati Bengals lost a running back in free agency, they may have bolstered their offensive line. ESPN reports Andre Smith has agreed to return to the team that drafted him in 2009. Smith spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played only four games..." March 15

  • Connor Barwin set to visit Bengals

    Pro Football Talk "Connor Barwin played at the University of Cincinnati in college and will be back in town on Monday for his first team visit since he was released by the Eagles. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Barwin will be meeting with the Bengals about the prospect of joining the team for the 2017 season...." March 13

  • Bengals waive James Wright

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals announced a pair of roster moves on Monday, including the previously reported return of tackle Eric Winston. The other move announced on Monday was the departure of wide receiver James Wright. The 2014 seventh-round pick has been placed on waivers. Wright caught five passes for..." March 13

  • Keenan Robinson scheduled to visit Bengals

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals are bringing Connor Barwin in for a visit and it looks like he’s not the only veteran free agent defender on their radar. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that linebacker Keenan Robinson is on his way to Cincinnati to meet with the team. Robinson signed with the Giants as a free..." March 13

  • Bengals, Andre Smith talk reunion

    Pro Football Talk "Andre Smith may return to the team that drafted him. Smith, an offensive tackle selected by the Bengals with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, is visiting Cincinnati, according to multiple reports. The 30-year-old Smith played in Cincinnati through 2015 before signing a one-year..." March 13

  • Steve Smith calls out Bengals for meeting with Joe Mixon

    Washington Post "Steve Smith Sr. may be freshly retired from the NFL, but he has not retired from delivering steaming hot takes. On Sunday, Smith ripped the Cincinnati Bengals for inviting Joe Mixon to town to assess his talents. Mixon is the former Oklahoma running back who was not invited to the scouting..." March 13

  • Report: Joe Mixon visiting Bengals over the weekend

    Sportsnaut "Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is reportedly visiting the Cincinnati Bengals over the weekend after wowing at his pro day last week. “The Enquirer learned per a league source late Friday night that University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon flew to Cincinnati to meet with Bengals..." March 12

  • Eric Winston back to Bengals on one-year deal

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals lost a pair of offensive linemen on Thursday when left tackle Andrew Whitworth signed with the Rams and right guard Kevin Zeitler agreed to a deal with the Browns, but they held onto another one on Friday. Tackle Eric Winston announced on Twitter that he’s “happy to be headed back”..." March 10

  • Kevin Zeitler honest about going where the money is: Cleveland

    Sporting News "Few free agents say the biggest reason they signed with a new team was the money even if that was the case. Kevin Zeitler deserves credit for honesty after inking the largest free-agent contract for a guard in NFL history. Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Zeitler told co-host Bill Polian and..." March 10

  • Dre Kirkpatrick re-signs with Bengals

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Two of the "big three" soon-to-be unrestricted free agents on the Cincinnati Bengals may have escaped, but the club did manage to keep one by re-signing starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick tweeted that he signed a five-year contract. The No. 17 pick in the 2012 draft, Kirkpatrick..." March 09

  • Browns to sign Bengals OG Kevin Zeitler

    247 Sports "The Cleveland Browns are expected to sign Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Kevin Zeitler according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Zeitler was the top rated guard in free agency. Browns head coach Hue Jackson was his offensive coordinator in Cincinnati for two seasons. The New Orleans Saints and..." March 09

  • Bengals re-sign Brandon LaFell

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Bengals locked up one of their own before the new league year turned over on Thursday afternoon, as The Enquirer has learned the club has come to terms with wide receiver Brandon LaFell on a two-year deal. LaFell, 30, signed as a free agent prior to the 2016 season to complement..." March 08

  • Joe Mixon meets with four NFL teams ahead of Pro Day

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Mixon is one of the most interesting cases entering the NFL Draft because of his off-field history. The former Oklahoma running back was suspended a year for punching a woman inside a sandwich shop that led to her hospitalization and a federal lawsuit. He also was suspended a game last..." March 08

  • Marvin Lewis “optimistic” about re-signing Andrew Whitworth

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals drafted offensive tackles in the first and second round of the 2015 draft with the idea that Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher would allow them to transition to a future that didn’t feature Andrew Whitworth anchoring the left side of the offensive line. Neither player did much to..." March 03

  • Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth likely to test free-agent market

    ESPN "Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth might be testing the free-agent market for the first time next week. The Bengals have spoken twice with Whitworth’s representatives, and the two sides will likely speak again early next week prior to the opening of free agency next Thursday. Other..." March 02

  • Bengals Reportedly Looking For “At Least” Second-Round Pick For QB A.J. McCarron

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Bengals are likely looking for “at least” a second-round pick in return for backup QB A.J. McCarron. According to Cabot, Cincinnati hasn’t ruled out trading McCarron within the AFC North, despite comments made by Bengals director..." March 02

  • NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith says he wants weed treated as health issue, like concussions

    USA Today "The NFL Players Association plans to propose updates to the collectively bargained substance abuse policy that repositions marijuana use as a player health and safety issue, along the same lines as revisions to concussion protocol in recent years. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told..." March 02

  • Bengals: McCarron trade requires big offer

    Cincinnati Enquirer "No matter where Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin moved inside the Indiana Convention Center on Wednesday, the same question followed. What’s the status of trading backup quarterback AJ McCarron? On a day when a report surfaced via ESPN's Adam Schefter that the consensus top..." March 02

  • Bengals “very disappointed” but not making rash decisions on Adam Jones

    ESPN "Cincinnati Bengals player personnel director Duke Tobin said he was 'very disappointed' with cornerback Adam Jones, who was arrested in early January on charge of felony harassment with a bodily substance, disorderly conduct, assault and obstructing official business. "It was disappointing for..." March 01

  • Bengals willing to listen to offers for QB A.J. McCarron

    Sportsnaut "Much news has hit lately in regards to the New England Patriots potentially being open to trade offers for backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Another backup quarterback that is starting to create some news buzz is Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. McCarron. The Bengals are reportedly willing to listen..." March 01

  • Competition Committee discussing centralizing review system "The NFL's Competition Committee is discussing two proposals that would significantly alter officiating -- whether to make referees full-time employees and how to centralize the replay review system. According to one league official familiar with the committee's conversations during its meetings..." March 01

  • League considering full-time referees, again

    Pro Football Talk "The issue of full-time officials has percolated from time to time over the past five years. Indeed, the 2012 labor deal between the league and the NFL Referees Association gave the NFL the right to hire up to 17 full-time officials. The NFL once again is considering whether to finally follow..." March 01

  • Fantasy football involvement caused NCAA suspension of UR baseball players

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "Two of the University of Richmond’s best baseball players are among five who have begun this season suspended for NCAA rules violations related to fantasy football involvement. Right-hander Keenan Bartlett, a junior who Baseball America recognized in the preseason as the A-10’s third-best..." February 28

  • Marvin Lewis: Contract extension not “critical or crucial”

    Pro Football Talk "In late January, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that he’d “like to agree” to a contract extension with the team because he thinks it would put “everybody’s mind at ease going forward for their futures.” It’s now late February and the two sides haven’t agreed on a deal that would keep Lewis..." February 26

  • Whitworth says he's discussing potential deal to re-sign with Bengals

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals drafted two tackles in the first two rounds of the 2015 draft, which likely left many people with the feeling that Andrew Whitworth’s time as the team’s left tackle was close to its expiration date. While there were flirtations with a move to guard, Whitworth stayed at left tackle..." February 20

  • Romo, McCarron and Taylor might be on Browns' radar in search for franchise QB

    CBS Sports "In January, the day after the Browns put the finishing touches on one-win season, quarterback Robert Griffin III said that he wanted to stay in Cleveland, where he signed the previous offseason but because of injury, only started five games (the team went 1-4 in those starts), and he finished with..." February 17

  • Bill Polian: AJ McCarron better than any QB in 2017 NFL Draft

    Yardbarker "Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian doesn’t think much of the quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. In fact, he believes that little-used Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron is better than any of them. McCarron was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, 164th overall. He was the ninth..." February 16

  • Bears sign center Eric Kush to two-year deal

    Pro Football Talk "Eric Kush was brought in as depth last year when the Bears lost center Hroniss Grasu to a torn ACL. They must have liked what they saw, since they’re keeping Kush around. The team announced they had signed the journeyman offensive lineman to a two-year deal." February 15

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • Bene’ Benwikere signing with Bengals

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Bene’ Benwikere spent time with three teams during the 2016 season and he’ll kick off the 2017 offseason by joining a fourth club. According to multiple reports, Benwikere will be signing a contract with the Bengals. He visited several other teams after ending the season on the..." February 14

  • Bene’ Benwikere signing with Bengals

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Bene’ Benwikere spent time with three teams during the 2016 season and he’ll kick off the 2017 offseason by joining a fourth club. According to multiple reports, Benwikere will be signing a contract with the Bengals. He visited several other teams after ending the season on the..." February 14

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14