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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) is "progressing well."

Jones was placed on I.R. in October and didn't appear in any games this past year. He's recovering from foot surgery and a major ankle issue. Jones emerged as a red-zone threat in 2013 and will need to stay healthy to reestablish his value. 24-year-old Jones is entering the final year of his contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 31 - 2:39 PM

Impending free-agent OT Eric Winston said there is mutual interest in him returning to the Bengals in 2015.

Signed in December, Winston started at right tackle for the final two games of the regular season and the Wild Card loss to the Colts. Winston was far from impressive in his short stint with Cincinnati, but he brings a ton of experience to the table and would be a solid swing tackle.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 31 - 9:35 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Bengals DBs coach Vance Joseph is the Broncos' first choice to fill their defensive-coordinator vacancy, but that Cincinnati has yet to allow an interview.

The Broncos were first connected to Joseph last week. With the Bengals apparently not budging, GM John Elway is interviewing Wade Phillips on Wednesday. Good coordinator though he is, Phillips would be another retread for Elway, who lamented his past staff's inability to take the team to the next level. Joseph would be an aggressive hire for a club that wants to mix things up.
Jan 27 - 1:57 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict recently underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee.

Microfracture surgery is one of the most serious procedures an athlete can undergo, as it involves drilling tiny fractures into the bone in an effort to develop new cartilage. This knee can now be considered a chronic concern for Burfict, who underwent surgery on the same joint in late October and played in just five games all year. For what it's worth, Burfict's surgeon says it's still very possible his patient will be ready for 2015 training camp. Linebacker has become a big need area in Cincinnati with Burfict's health uncertain, and MLB Rey Maualuga and SLB Emmanuel Lamur's contracts both expiring.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 8:23 AM

Bengals signed DE Sam Montgomery to a reserve/future contract.

Montgomery, 24, spent 2014 on the Bengals' practice squad. He's been on three different teams since being the 95th pick in 2013 and has yet to appear in a game. Montgomery will compete for a roster spot this offseason.
Jan 23 - 7:08 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson passes along "some concern" that WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee surgery) might open 2015 on the reserve/PUP list.

At the Senior Bowl, coach Marvin Lewis insisted "the plan" is still for Burfict to return by Week 1. "That’s the plan," Lewis said. "You can’t be rushed. It has to heal. It has to get right." Burfict's knee is clearly problematic and seems like a concern inside the Bengals' organization.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 21 - 8:09 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis insisted Wednesday that the Bengals are comfortable with Andy Dalton as their 2015 starter.

Though he did put it in a curious way. "We have no problem with Andy Dalton as our quarterback," were Lewis' words at the Senior Bowl. "We don’t have time to waste time with another QB. To not continue to press forward and get Andy better and to get whoever the backup quarterbacks are better. The quarterback competition. Where has it worked? It doesn't get you wins." Lewis essentially stated the Bengals will keep Dalton at quarterback simply because it's hard to get another one. Fair enough.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 21 - 7:58 PM

Bengals DE Robert Geathers admitted after the season that he may not be back with the team in 2015.

Geathers is the Bengals' longest-tenured player as he just wrapped up his 11th season with the club. After playing just two games in 2013 because of an elbow injury, Geathers was demoted to backup duties and registered just one sack as a rotational lineman across 600-plus snaps. The Bengals can save $3.05 million by releasing the 31-year-old. He's entering the final year of his contract.
Jan 21 - 10:04 AM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports the Bengals will not allow DBs coach Vance Joseph out of his contract to pursue a defensive-coordinator job.

The Broncos requested permission to interview Joseph for their DC opening, but were spurned by the Bengals. The 49ers also reportedly had some interest in Joseph. This isn't uncommon, as teams who value their assistant coaches often keep them away from other teams unless it's for a head-coaching gig. Joseph will be back with the Bengals to coach the defensive backs in 2015.
Jan 20 - 9:46 PM

NBC Washington reports Bengals DBs coach Vance Joseph will be released from his contract so he can "pursue opportunities to become a defensive coordinator."

Joseph has been rumored to be a leading candidate to coordinate Gary Kubiak's defense in Denver. He's also been linked elsewhere. Joseph should officially have a new job before the end of the week.
Jan 20 - 5:53 PM

CBSSports' Jason La Canfora reports Bengals DBs coach Vance Joseph would be the "top candidate" to lead the Broncos' defense if Gary Kubiak becomes head coach.

Joseph was originally thought to be interviewing for the Broncos' open head coaching position, but it makes more sense he would serve on Kubiak's staff. Joseph coached under Kubiak for two years in Houston before spending last season in Cincinnati. With Kubiak the heavy favorite to land the Broncos' head job, Joseph will likely be leading Denver's defense in 2015.
Jan 16 - 6:27 PM

Bengals.com does not expect the team to draft a quarterback this year.

That's in any round. Reporter Geoff Hobson expects the team to stick with its 2014 top three of Andy Dalton, Jason Campbell and A.J. McCarron. Campbell is a free agent who would need to be re-signed. "He’s our guy, and we’re not going to shy away from that," were the words of OC Hue Jackson on Dalton. "He was better with the intangibles this year and the ball was better coming out of his hand." Dalton's year-to-year "progress" has been incremental, at best, but the Bengals lack an obvious avenue for an upgrade.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 15 - 5:58 PM

Bengals signed S Shiloh Keo to a reserve/future contract.

Keo spent his first three seasons in Houston, starting 11 games in 2013. He battled a calf injury in 2014 training camp and was among the Texans' final cuts. Keo will try to carve out a role as a backup safety and special teamer.
Jan 10 - 9:32 AM

Bengals re-signed TE Kevin Brock.

Brock, 28, was an exclusive rights free agent. He appeared in 15 games (including playoffs), making three starts. With Jermaine Gresham not expected to be re-signed, Brock could return as the No. 2 tight end behind Tyler Eifert.
Jan 9 - 5:17 PM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website doesn't expect the team to re-sign impending free agent Jermaine Gresham.

Hobson specifically expects Ryan Hewitt to replace Gresham as the starting tight end, and doesn't even mention Tyler Eifert. Hewitt is an exceptional blocker and technician, but Eifert is the vertical threat and will have a big offensive role in 2015. Gresham, 27 in June, should fetch a nice deal in free agency after grading out as Pro Football Focus' top pass-blocking tight end in 2014.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 6 - 9:57 PM


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