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GM: Dalton's Reaction To Watt Show He's Not Prepared For Pressure

Nov 19, 2015 1:35 PM

Andy Dalton didn't react well to comments made by J.J. Watt after the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Houston Texans on Monday.

"Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like the Red Ryder BB Gun and I think we did that," said Watt.

"I'm disappointed in him because of the integrity of this game," Dalton said. "I have a lot of respect for him. He's a really good player. There are a lot of kids and people who look up to him, and for him to make comments like that, he's just showing that's acceptable to say that kind of stuff.

"It's disappointing for one of the best players in this league to come out and say something like that, so that's all I'm going to say about that. He's a good player, but for him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, it shows what he's about, and that's disappointing."

"It would make me worry if I was the Bengals," one GM said. "Just when you thought [Dalton's] skin had thickened, he maybe showed us he's not prepared for the pressure games in January."

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Carson Palmer: 'Extra Bit' On Playing Former Team

Nov 19, 2015 11:44 AM

Four years after Carson Palmer was traded by the Cincinnati Bengals to the Oakland Raiders, he still doesn't talk about his departure.

“I’m not going to get into a 'he said, she said' situation with [Bengals owner] Mike Brown,” Palmer said. “We obviously disagreed, and it ended in a very colorful, heated argument, and we disagree with each other. That’s how it ended, but now is not the time or place to get into a 'what he said, what she said' type of deal.”

Brown’s story: "We sat here in the office on a couple of occasions and argued about what the future should be for him and us,” Brown told "Whether he really believed it or not, I rather doubt. But my argument then with him was, 'You're a top quarterback and you've got real productive years in front of you.'

"He would say to me, 'Oh, no. I'm all beat up. I'll be lucky to play another year or two,' which I didn't take to heart."

Brown wouldn't grant Palmer's request to be traded before the 2011 season and he threatened to retire.

“I know the truth and I know my side and obviously his side,” Palmer said. “You can’t worry about other people’s opinions.”

Palmer didn't shy away from a question about Sunday's game being like any other game.

“It’s not,” Palmer said. "Any time you play a team where you spent some time, and especially for as much time as I spent there, it’s not just another game. I’m solely focused on this and we’re solely focused on this.

“There’s obviously a little bit extra on it, but it’s a big game for us, it’s a big game for them, and I’m very focused on my job.”



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Johnny Manziel To Start Against Steelers

Nov 13, 2015 4:00 PM

Johnny Manziel is expected to start this weekend for the Cleveland Browns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Manziel went 15-for-33 for 168 yards and one touchdown along with four rushes for 31 yards last week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Volume Of Undefeated Teams Are An NFL First

Oct 23, 2015 12:07 PM

The NFL has prided itself on parity over the past 20 years, but five teams remain undefeated through six weeks.

The Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals are 6-0, while the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers are 5-0. 


The Panthers have reached the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, while the Broncos and Bengals are on four straight seasons in the playoffs and the Packers and Patriots have made the playoffs in six straight seasons.

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

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots

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Jeremy Hill To Be 'Huge Part Down Stretch Run'

Oct 22, 2015 2:06 PM

Jeremy Hill has had a slow start to his second NFL season, but the Cincinnati Bengals plan on increasing his workload.

"I know the player he can be, so I'm going to keep pushing him to get there," offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. "I mean, we need him. He's going to be a huge part down the stretch run once we get back here."

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

Sep 16, 2015 1:50 PM

Adam Jones has received a $35,000 fine from the NFL for slamming Amari Cooper's head into his helmet in Week 1.

Jones said he will appeal the fine, given for hitting a defenseless player.

"It's way too much," Jones said Wednesday, adding, "$35,000 is a lot of money for a guy out playing football. But it is what it is.

"I'll appeal and if it gets appealed, hey [good]. If it doesn't, I guess I donated to somebody's college fund this year."

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NFL Won't Suspend Adam Jones For Slamming Amari Cooper's Head

Sep 14, 2015 12:33 PM

Adam Jones will likely be fined for slamming the head of Amari Cooper into his helmet, but won't receive a suspension.

Asked if he anticipated a fine or suspension, he simply replied: "No."

Officials didn't see the incident during the game.

"Whatever you saw happen, that's what happened," Jones said. "I'm just here to play football. I don't back down from anybody and I'm not out here trying to start anything. I'm just out here playing football."

"I mean, it's football," Cooper said. "It's a physical game, so you kind of expect it."


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A.J. Green Agrees To Four-Year, $60M Extension With Bengals

Sep 11, 2015 1:26 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to a four-year, $60 million extension with A.J. Green.

Green is a four-time Pro Bowler and has consistently been ranked one of the top-50 players in the NFL.

Green caught 69 balls for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns last season in 13 games.

Green joins Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones with new deals.

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Bengals Interested In Extension With Adam Jones

Aug 1, 2015 2:41 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have reached out to Adam Jones to discuss a contract extension.

"They've contacted my agent," Jones said. "But ain't nothing I can do about the contract right now. I'm not upstairs."

Jones is entering his sixth season with the Bengals.

Jones has remained productive on the field while he has turned his life around off of it over the past few years.

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A.J. Green Expects New Contract After Season

Jul 9, 2015 10:40 PM

A.J. Green expects to talk about a new deal with the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2015 season.

"You know I watch ESPN all the time, and that's all they talk about," Green said Thursday during his camp for area children. "But like I say, I'm just here to play football. My body of work will speak for itself."

Green is set to make $10.18 million in 2015 as part of his fifth-year option.


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Terrelle Pryor Claimed Off Waivers By Browns
Terrelle Pryor is ready to switch from quarterback to wide receiver.

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Bengals Believe A.J. McCarron Could Become NFL Starter
Andy Dalton's six-year, $96 million contract is essentially a year-to-year proposal.

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Terrelle Pryor Trying Out For Bengals, Won't Change Positions
Terrelle Pryor believes if he is unable to play quarterback, he won't have an NFL career.

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Bengals Extend Marvin Lewis Through 2016
Marvin Lewis has been with the Bengals since 2003.

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Dorial Green-Beckham Visits 49ers, Bengals
Dorial Green-Beckham has drawn comparisons to Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones, but he's had issues off the field.

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Denarius Moore Signs With Bengals
Denarius Moore re-connects with Hue Jackson, who coached the wideout during his most productive seasons in Oakland.

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Josh Johnson Signs With Bengals
Josh Johnson previously spent the 2013 season as Andy Daltonís backup with Cincinnati and will now compete with A.J. McCarron for the right to back Dalton up again.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Devon Still Re-Signs With Bengals
Devon Still will continue to add depth to the Bengals' defensive front as a rotational player.

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Bengals Sign Michael Johnson To Four-Year, $20M Deal
The Bengals are still due a compensatory pick from the Buccaneers and now get Michael Johnson back as well.

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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Marvin Lewis Hopeful Of Remaining With Bengals
Marvin Lewis now has an 0-6 record in the playoffs.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

A.J. Green Remains In Concussion Protocol On Friday
A.J. Green's status for Sunday's game against the Colts is in doubt.

Josh Kirkendall/Cincy Jungle

A.J. Green Hopes To Play Through Biceps Injury
A.J. Green hopes to play in Week 17 despite a bruised right biceps suffered in Week 16.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Steelers-Bengals Flexed For Sunday Night Football
The Steelers have already clinched a playoff spot, but the Bengals need to win either against the Broncos on Monday or in Week 17 for their own berth.

Giovani Bernard Likely Out For Week 11
Jeremy Hill will continue to start for the Bengals at running back if Giovani Bernard is out.

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Dalton Has 34.1 QBR In Games On National TV And In Playoffs
Andy Dalton had a passer rating of 2.0, throwing for 86 yards in the Bengals' loss to the Browns.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

A.J. Green Expected To Play In Week 9
The Bengals have gone 1-1-1 without A.J. Green.

Jason Marcum/Cincy Jungle

A.J. Green Unlikely To Play In Week 8
The Bengals have been without A.J. Green for the past two straight games.

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Vontaze Burfict Fined $25,000 For Twisting Ankles
Vontaze Burfict has been fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Cam Newton and Greg Olsen in Week 6.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

A.J. Green Expected To Miss Week 7
A.J. Green is scheduled to visit a foot specialist for the second time on Friday.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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