Cincinnati Bengals Wiretap

A.J. McCarron 'Wanted That Opportunity' To Be Traded To Browns

Jan 16, 2018 9:05 AM

A.J. McCarron was nearly traded to the Cleveland Browns at the trade deadline, but the deal fell through when the paperwork wasn't sent to the league office in time.

McCarron was excited at the possibility, figuring he could try and win games as a starter in Cleveland instead of standing on the sideline with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"As a competitor, I wanted that opportunity, just to be able to showcase and help a team win ball games," McCarron said on WNSP. "I think I would have had some success playing for Hue [Jackson]. I would have loved the opportunity to go up there and get them a win, more than one win. As a competitor, that's all you can ask for."

The Browns reportedly didn't submit the trade through the official league channels in time.

"It was an odd deal," McCarron said. "I got a text from my agent at 3:34 saying 'hey, there's a possible trade going down. Stay by your phone. I'll let you know.' I got another call from him right at 4 saying 'from what I know, it's a done deal. I'll call you back in a minute and let you know.' The next call I got was at 4:03 and he's 'hey, the trade didn't go through. They didn't get the paperwork in on time.' Everybody has a story. I'm sure Cleveland has their own story, Cincy has their own story. But it's just one of those things, when you think you've seen everything, you're shown a little bit more. I think the only people who truly know what happened were the ones leading the whole situation on both sides."

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Teryl Austin Picks Bengals Over Raiders For Defensive Coordinator Job

Jan 8, 2018 5:11 PM

Teryl Austin has agreed to become the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Austin was most recently defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions.

The Oakland Raiders also pushed to hire Austin.

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Bengals 'Starting From Scratch' Despite Keeping Marvin Lewis

Jan 4, 2018 11:36 AM

Mike Brown was willing to give Marvin Lewis another chance to lead the Cincinnati Bengals despite the team heading towards a reset.

"You're going to have to start from scratch regardless, so you might as well start from scratch with someone you understand, you know," Lewis said.

"Everybody can always look at what's negative from it, but the only way we can go about it and do it positive is to get back to work and go about it."

Bill Lazor, who was elevated to offensive coordinator after an 0-2 start last season, will remain in the role and get a chance to redesign the NFL's worst offense in the offseason.

Brown decided that Lewis was the best choice, regardless of what has happened in the past 15 years.

"I tell people when you go to a car lot, you know what you're looking for and they're not going to sway you one way or another, that's what you're going to do," Lewis said. "I believe that about [NFL owners]."

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Bills Fans Donate More Than $170,000 To Andy Dalton's Foundation

Jan 3, 2018 9:38 AM

The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation has received more than 7,000 donations totaling more than $170,000 from Buffalo Bills fans.

Bills fans have made the donations to thank Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals for beating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, allowing the Bills to make the playoffs.

"Thank you to all the Bills fans, thank you to anybody that's supporting our foundation," Dalton said in a Twitter video. "Let's keep it going. Let's see how much we can get. The more we can raise, the more families we can help, the more kids we can make an impact on."

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Marvin Lewis To Remain Head Coach Of Bengals

Jan 2, 2018 5:29 PM

Marvin Lewis has signed a new two-year deal to remain as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Lewis was expected to leave the Bengals and pursue other opportunities. 

“Marvin Lewis has been an important member of the Cincinnati community and the Bengals family for the past 15 years, and we are happy to have reached this agreement,” said Bengals President Mike Brown. “Marvin has made significant contributions during his time here. While recently we have fallen short of our expectations, we have full confidence in Marvin to re-establish winning football in 2018.”

“My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity to stay in Cincinnati and continue my career with the Bengals,” said Lewis. “My job is to win a World Championship. We have a talented roster full of veteran leaders and emerging young stars, and I am committed to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win.”

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2018 2:54 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.


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Marvin Lewis To Leave Bengals At End Of Season

Dec 17, 2017 10:31 AM

Marvin Lewis is planning on leaving the Cincinnati Bengals at the end of the current season.

Lewis willingly allowed to enter 2017 on the final year of his contract.

Lewis is likely to be a candidate for several upcoming head coaching jobs.

Lewis would be interested in working in another team's front office or as a coaching adviser for a former Bengals assistant coach who has gone on to become a head coach, such as Mike Zimmer

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Dec 13, 2017 12:30 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense after Week 14. In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Steelers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.

The Seahawks, who have consistently been one of the NFL's top teams in DVOA during the Russell Wilson era, are just outside the top-10 in both categories.

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Juju Smith-Schuster, George Iloka Receive One Game Suspensions

Dec 5, 2017 2:42 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka were each suspended one game for hits in Monday's game.

Smith-Schuster was suspended for a vicious fourth-quarter block on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who was deemed in the NFL's ruling to be in a defenseless posture.

"The contact you made with your opponent placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury and could have been avoided," NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan said in issuing the suspension. "Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player."

Ioka was suspended for a hit on Antonio Brown in the end zone in the fourth quarter

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Ryan Shazier Won't Need Surgery, Will Remain In Hospital

Dec 5, 2017 9:23 AM

Ryan Shazier underwent an MRI and a CT scan at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after suffering a back injury early in the first quarter of Monday night's Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game.

Shazier suffered the injury in the first quarter and left the stadium in an ambulance.

The injury will not require surgery and the club hopes he'll return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to him," Mike Tomlin said immediately after the game. "He's receiving quality medical care."

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Sashi Brown Denies Trying To Sabotage Trade For AJ McCarron
Sashi Brown said Hue Jackson was in the room as the team tried to complete the deal minutes before the deadline.

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AJ McCarron Files Grievance, Seeking Unrestricted Free Agency In 2018
The ruling could determine whether the Browns can sign AJ McCarron this offseason without giving compensation to the Bengals.

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Browns' Trade For A.J. McCarron Rejected By NFL Due To Late Submission
The proposed compensation for A.J. McCarron would have been a second- and third-round pick in 2018.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Frustrated By Lack Of Carries, Joe Mixon Cites Le'Veon Bell's Workload
Joe Mixon didn't have a carry in the second half of the Bengals' loss to the Steelers on Sunday and he wasn't happy afterward.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Tyler Eifert To Undergo Season-Ending Back Surgery
Tyler Eifert will be a free agent this offseason.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Carson Palmer Fourth QB To Throw 100 TDs With Two Teams
Carson Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald on Monday night for his 100th touchdown pass as a member of the Cardinals.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Andy Dalton Losing Support Of Bengals' Players
A.J. McCarron would logically take over the job, but there's a feeling among some players that the Bengals should consider signing Colin Kaepernick.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Bengals Fire Offensive Coordinator Ken Zampese
The Bengals have never previously fired a coordinator during the season throughout franchise history.

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Marvin Lewis: Andy Dalton's Job Is Secure
The Bengals have been terrible to start the season, but Andy Dalton's job is not in jeopardy.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Bengals Need To Score TD Next Week To Avoid Historically Bad Start
The Bengals are already the first team since the 1939 Eagles to open the season with two games at home and not score a touchdown in either of them.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Andy Dalton's Week 1 Performance Was Second-Worst Of Career
Andy Dalton had a 28.4 QB Rating in Cincinnati's Week 1 loss to Baltimore.

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Vontaze Burfict Agrees Upon Three-Year, $38.68M Extension With Bengals
Vontaze Burfict has agreed upon a three-year, $38.68 million extension with the Bengals.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bengals Release Union President Eric Winston
Eric Winston re-signed with the Bengals in the offseason at the age of 33.

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Vontaze Burfict's Suspension Reduced To Three Games
The NFL has reduced Vontaze Burfict's suspension from five to three games.

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Marvin Lewis Comfortable Without Contract For 2018
Marvin Lewis is about to embark on his 15th season as head coach of the Bengals.

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Vontaze Burfict Facing Five-Game Suspension For Illegal Hit
Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension for an illegal hit on Anthony Sherman of the Chiefs, according to league sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bengals Rejected 2nd Round Pick For AJ McCarron
If the Bengals let AJ McCarron leave in free agency in 2018, they will get a compensation pick back for him.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Marvin Lewis On Leave For 'Minor Health Issue'
The Bengals said Marvin Lewis is dealing with a leg issue that caused him to ride a cart to and from practice on Monday.

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Vontaze Burfict Low Hit On Giovani Bernard Triggers Scuffle
Giovani Bernard tore his ACL in November but was unhurt on the play.

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Adam Jones Receives One-Game Suspension From NFL
Adam Jones' suspension stems from his January arrest at a hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

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