Player News - Bengals

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Bengals CB Adam Jones had felony charges of harassment with a bodily substance dropped on Wednesday.

Jones was arrested for spitting on a jailhouse nurse back in January. He's not out of hot water yet, however, as Jones still has pending misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing official business against him. Even entering his age-34 season, Jones remains an effective player.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 22 - 3:01 PM

Bengals signed ILB Kevin Minter to a one-year contract.

Minter gives the Bengals an every-down starter next to Vontaze Burfict. He played inside in Arizona and could bump MLB Rey Mauluga off the roster in Cincinnati. 26-year-old Minter was one of the top linebackers left in free agency.
Mar 18 - 6:00 PM

Bengals re-signed C T.J. Johnson to a two-year contract.

Before striking a new deal, Johnson had been tendered at the original-round level. Johnson played sparingly last season but should have a chance to replace Kevin Zeitler at right guard in 2017.
Mar 17 - 3:45 PM

Bengals signed RT Andre Smith, formerly of the Vikings, to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with a $1.55 million signing bonus.

Smith returns after one year in Minnesota, a campaign that saw his play continue to slip before he tore his triceps in Week 4. Smith turned 30 in the interim. He's still a needed addition for the Bengals, who have a questionable tackle trio of Jake Fisher, Cedric Ogbuehi, and Eric Winston. Smith won't be guaranteed a starting job, but it will be attainable. He's only a right-side option.
Mar 14 - 7:18 PM

Free agent ILB Kevin Minter will visit the Bengals on Wednesday.

The ex-Jet visited Indianapolis on Monday. Minter is an average player, but has improved the past few seasons. He would get legitimate snaps in either Indianapolis or Cincinnati.
Mar 14 - 4:24 PM

Free agent OT Andre Smith will visit the Bengals.

The Bengals let Smith walk following the 2015 season. He signed with the Vikings, and was sent to injured reserve after four games with a torn triceps. Smith is on the wrong side of 30, but would provide needed depth with Andrew Whitworth now a Ram. Smith's play has fallen off in recent years. He has spent his entire career at right tackle.
Mar 13 - 5:58 PM

Free agent ILB Kevin Minter is visiting the Colts on Monday.

Minter was an every-down player for the Cardinals the past two seasons. 26 years old, Minter has slowly improved since being selected with the No. 45 overall pick of the 2013 draft. The Colts have one of the league's most barren linebacker corps, so any addition would be big.
Mar 13 - 2:09 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini believes the Jets would "consider" trading Sheldon Richardson for Bengals QB A.J. McCarron.

This has been a popular rumor for some time and is gaining more traction with Brian Hoyer and Mike Glennon off the market. The Bengals would have to sweeten the pot with a draft pick, but at least on paper, a deal would make sense for both sides. Outside of Cleveland, the Jets might be the most quarterback-needy team in football and McCarron would probably be more appealing than a declining veteran like Jay Cutler. Flipping McCarron for a stud like Richardson would be a no-brainer for Cincinnati. It's likely nothing will come of these rumblings, but the rebuilding Jets need to consider all possibilities.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 11 - 3:26 PM

Free agent RT Andre Smith is visiting the Bills on Saturday.

ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports the Bengals are also a team to watch. Smith spent the first seven years of his career in Cincinnati before a one-year layover in Minnesota. Both the Bills and Bengals could use help at right tackle.
Mar 11 - 9:44 AM

Bengals re-signed OT Eric Winston to a one-year contract.

Winston, 33, made a pair of starts at right tackle last season and was in on a total of 279 snaps. Even after losing LT Andrew Whitworth and RG Kevin Zeitler as free agents, Winston won't be an option to start.
Mar 10 - 11:48 AM

Bengals re-signed LCB Dre Kirkpatrick to a five-year, $52.5 million contract.

The Bengals whiffed on retaining their best two offensive linemen in free agency. Their counter move is to keep a solid-if-unspectacular starting cornerback they did spend the last five years developing. Plus sized (6'2/186) and still only 27 years old, Kirkpatrick has nine interceptions over the past four seasons and has been an every-down player for the past two. Assuming the Bengals keep RCB Adam Jones, Kirkpatrick will return as the team's starting left corner.
Mar 9 - 4:30 PM

Bengals re-signed WR Brandon LaFell to a two-year, $9 million contract.

LaFell was not stellar during his first year with the Bengals, but he did manage 64 catches for 862 yards and six touchdowns including decent showings when A.J. Green was out with an injury late in the season. Still, the Bengals' passing game suffered from a lack of weapons in 2016, and re-signing LaFell is not enough to fix those issues. They should be looking for more help.
Mar 8 - 4:32 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bills and Bears are interested in free agent Brandon LaFell, but that re-signing him is a "priority" for the Bengals.

Beat writer Jim Owczarski reports things are "moving well" between LaFell and his 2016 club. Now on the wrong side of 30, LaFell rebounded from an awful 2015 in New England last season. He'd be a needed big target for both Chicago and Buffalo.
Mar 8 - 3:35 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Bengals are "focused" on re-signing free agent CB Dre Kirkpatrick, and have "strong" money on the table.

The No. 17 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Kirkpatrick has been slow developing, but is coming off his best season. He turns 28 in October. NFL.com reported last week that the Steelers and Titans have interest.
Mar 8 - 2:46 PM

Bengals tendered restricted free agent C T.J. Johnson.

He logged 95 snaps over five games last season, including a start in Week 17. Johnson could compete for a starting guard job if Kevin Zeitler bolts in free agency.
Mar 7 - 4:28 PM


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