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Brandon LaFell Believes Andy Dalton Could One Day Be Like Tom Brady

Jun 15, 2016 3:59 PM

Brandon LaFell hasn't spent much time with Andy Dalton, but the wide receiver believes the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback could one day be on par with Tom Brady.

"If we continue to take the steps we're making, Andy could be a similar player like that," LaFell said.

LaFell signed with the Bengals this offseason after spending two seasons with the New England Patriots.

"Everybody respects him just like everybody respects Brady," LaFell said of Dalton's influence in Cincinnati's locker room. "How Brady demanded the best out of everybody, Andy's doing the same thing here.

"Both of those guys are smart guys. They always have the offense in the right play. They're always getting the ball to the right person at the right time. They're two different offenses, but both of those guys are winners."

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Giovani Bernard Signs Three-Year, $15.5M Extension With Bengals

Jun 8, 2016 3:41 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals reached a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension with Giovani Bernard.

Bernard will be due more than $6 million in 2016 and more than $9 million over the next two years.

The average of $5.167 million per year in "new money" ranks 10th among running backs.

Bernard has split time in the Bengals backfield over the past three seasons, most recently with Jeremy Hill. In 43 regular-season games, Bernard has rushed 492 times for 2,105 yards, caught 148 passes for 1,335 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Carlos Dunlap Wants To Break Michael Strahan's Sack Record

Jun 3, 2016 5:26 PM

Carlos Dunlap has set a lofty goal for the 2016 season -- he wants to break Michael Strahan's single-season sack record of 22.5.

Strahan set the record back in 2001.

"It's hard to get (20 or more)," Dunlap said. "Most of the guys who get those 20 sacks, they're like the only one (on their team) at plus-10. When you've got three guys who can get 10 sacks and a nose tackle who can get five, it's spreading the wealth. So that's good for our team."

Last season, J.J. Watt led the NFL with 17.5 sacks, one year after Justin Houston finished with 20.


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Tyler Eifert To Undergo Minor Ankle Surgery, Out Three Months

May 24, 2016 5:10 PM

Tyler Eifert will undergo a minor ankle surgery and is likely to begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The recovery period is estimated at three months, per the Enquirer, which could put Eifert's availability for the start of the season at risk.

Eifert has dealt with injuries throughout his career.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Injury

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Dwight Freeney Works Out For Bengals

May 24, 2016 11:44 AM

Dwight Freeney will work out for the Cincinnati Bengals.

A midseason addition to Arizona's roster last October, Freeney made a major impact for the Cardinals defensively. 

Freeney recorded eight sacks and forced three fumbles in just 245 snaps in 2015.

Pro Football Focus credited Freeney with having the sixth-best pass-rush productivity among 3-4 outside linebackers.

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Marvin Lewis Agrees To Extension With Bengals Through 2017

Apr 8, 2016 6:16 PM

Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals have agreed upon an extension that will run through 2017.

Lewis has been head coach of the Bengals since 2003 and has reached the playoffs seven times and still hasn't won in the postseason.

Lewis was defensive coordinator of the Ravens and Washington before being hired by the Bengals.

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Karlos Dansby To Sign With Bengals

Mar 29, 2016 2:44 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals will sign Karlos Dansby.

Despite plenty of time in the 3-4 defense, Dansby will find work in Cincy's 4-3 scheme. 

While Rey Maualuga and Vincent Rey are under contract at middle linebacker, Dansby is an upgrade over A.J. Hawk for a defense that also must account for Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension.

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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Marvin Jones Agrees To Sign With Lions On Five-Year, $40M Deal

Mar 9, 2016 11:24 AM

The Detroit Lions have agreed to sign Marvin Jones on a five-year, $40 million deal. Jones will receive $17 million in fully guaranteed money.

The agreement between Jones and the Lions comes less than 24 hours after Calvin Johnson announced he was retiring from the NFL after nine seasons in the league.

Jones emerged with the Cincinnati Bengals as the perfect complement to A.J. Green.

Although he can easily sprint past a corner on a deep go route, Jones' best attribute has long been his ability to catch passes in traffic, particularly on short fields from inside the 20.


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Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Andy Dalton's Broken Thumb Finally Ready To Begin Throwing

Feb 10, 2016 8:25 PM

Andy Dalton indicated this week that his broken right thumb is finally healthy but he'll continue to wait to begin throwing.

"Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it," Dalton said in a text to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. "I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now. I have plenty of time now to get 100 percent."

Dalton may have been ready to return only if the Cincinnati Bengals advanced to the Super Bowl.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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Hue Jackson Accepts Head Coaching Job With Browns
He Jackson was also a strong candidate with the 49ers but will have more personnel control with the Browns.

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Dolphins Hire Vance Joseph As Defensive Coordinator
Vance Joseph has been defensive backs coach of the Cincinnati Bengals for the past two seasons and joins Adam Gase.

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Vontaze Burfict Receives Three-Game Suspension From NFL
Vontaze Burfict's suspension is for "repeated violations of safety-related playing rules."

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Bengals Plan On Keeping Marvin Lewis As Head Coach
Marvin Lewis now has an 0-7 record in the playoffs to go with a 112-94 record in the regular season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Hue Jackson Considered Frontrunner For 49ers' Job
Hue Jackson is currently the offensive coordinator of the Bengals and spent one season as the head coach of the Raiders.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense.

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Hue Jackson Schedules Interview With Browns
Hue Jackson has been the offensive coordinator for the Bengals over the past two seasons and helped elevate the game of Andy Dalton.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings
The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

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Andy Dalton Hopes To Have Cast Come Off On Monday
There still is no indication when Andy Dalton will return from the injury.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Andy Dalton Won't Need Surgery On Thumb
Marvin Lewis was quick to add that Andy Dalton's recovery would not be based upon managing his pain.

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Andy Dalton Likely Out For Season With Fractured Thumb
The best case scenario is for Andy Dalton to return for the playoffs.

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GM: Dalton's Reaction To Watt Show He's Not Prepared For Pressure
Andy Dalton didn't react well to comments made by J.J. Watt after the Bengals lost to the Texans on Monday.

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Carson Palmer: 'Extra Bit' On Playing Former Team
Four years after Carson Palmer was traded by the Bengals to the Raiders, he still doesn't talk about his departure.

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Johnny Manziel To Start Against Steelers
Johnny Manziel went 15-for-33 for 168 yards and one touchdown along with four rushes for 31 yards last week against the Bengals.

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Volume Of Undefeated Teams Are An NFL First
Before 2015, there had been only one season in which even four teams emerged with perfect records through six weeks.

Chase Stuart/New York Times

Jeremy Hill To Be 'Huge Part Down Stretch Run'
Jeremy Hill has 232 rushing yards on 74 carries. He also has six combined rushing and receiving touchdowns.

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Adam Jones To Appeal $35,000 Fine For Cooper Hit
Adam Jones said he will appeal the fine, given for hitting a defenseless player.

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NFL Won't Suspend Adam Jones For Slamming Amari Cooper's Head
Adam Jones will likely be fined for slamming the head of Amari Cooper into his helmet, but won't receive a suspension.