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Bengals signed DT Pat Sims, formerly of the Raiders.

Demoted in Oakland last season after starting all 16 games in 2013, Sims spent 2008-12 in Cincinnati. Going on 30, he's a former third-rounder. He'll provide run-plugging depth for a defensive line that underachieved last season.
Mar 26 - 2:55 PM

The Bengals are "believed to have interest" in free agent DT Pat Sims.

The 29-year-old was a third-round pick of the Bengals in 2008 and spent the first five seasons of his career in Cincinnati before moving on to Oakland the past two years. Sims would be a quality run-plugging lineman behind Domata Peko.
Mar 24 - 8:25 PM

The Bengals were awarded extra third- and fourth-round compensatory picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cincinnati was one of the three teams, including the Patriots and Chiefs, awarded an extra third-rounder. The Bengals are never major players in free agency, and they were awarded extra picks for losing RE Michael Johnson and OT Anthony Collins last offseason. Johnson and Collins, of course, were both cut by the Bucs after one year in Tampa, and Johnson ended up back in Cincinnati. The Ravens also did well, earning an extra fourth-rounder and two fifths.
Mar 23 - 9:53 PM

Owner Mike Brown said A.J. Green is a candidate for the 2016 franchise tag.

Barring a surprise extension, Green will play out 2015 on a fifth-year option worth $10.2 million. The Bengals can then retain him in 2016 on a franchise tender a la Dez Bryant, who got tagged at $12.823 million by the Cowboys. Green, who has racked up 4,874 yards and 35 touchdowns in his first four NFL seasons, isn't going anywhere for a while. He'll be a fine bounce-back candidate in fantasy circles after a trio of injuries marred his 2014 campaign.
Mar 23 - 9:47 AM

A.J. McCarron has a "great shot" to open the season as the team's No. 2 quarterback, according to

The team has yet to sign a replacement for Jason Campbell, the No. 2 last season. McCarron has changed his mechanics while working with Dr. Tom House this offseason, claiming to have a "somewhat brand new" throwing motion.
Mar 20 - 8:54 AM

Bengals signed DB Brandon Ghee, formerly of the Titans.

Ghee played sparingly during his time with Tennessee, mostly seeing work on special teams. The 27-year-old played his first four seasons in Cincinnati, logging 17 tackles over 23 appearances. He's a jack of all trades with experience at safety, corner and nickel back.
Mar 19 - 10:39 AM

Bengals re-signed DT Devon Still.

The Bengals let Still enter free agency, hoping to bring him back at a cheaper rate than the $1.54 million it would have cost to tender him. The former second-round pick hasn't lived up to expectations, but he's still a serviceable backup tackle. The 19 tackles Still recorded last season were a career high.
Mar 19 - 10:18 AM

Bengals signed RE Michael Johnson, formerly of the Bucs, to a four-year, $24 million contract.

He picked the Bengals over the Vikings. Johnson played for Cincinnati from 2009-2013 before signing a huge contract with the Bucs last offseason and getting cut last week after pocketing $16 million. He had effort questions and put some bad tape out there in 2014. Back in Cincy, Johnson should have a leg up on the starting right-end job opposite LE Carlos Dunlap. 28-year-old Johnson has 19 sacks and four forced fumbles over the past three seasons.
Mar 15 - 11:06 AM

Free agent DE Michael Johnson will visit the Bengals on Saturday.

It appears Johnson will leave Minnesota without a deal, perhaps hoping to give both his former team (Bengals) and former coach (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer) an equal opportunity. Johnson's choice will almost certainly come down to the Bengals or Vikings, with Minnesota the slight favorite. Johnson registered 11.5 sacks with the Bengals in 2012, but has struggled to 7.5 sacks total over the last two seasons. He is expected to make his decision by Monday.
Mar 13 - 11:41 PM

Free agent DE Michael Johnson will visit the Vikings this week.

As expected. Johnson will make the Vikings his first visit. Coach Mike Zimmer and Johnson have an affinity for each other, and Johnson likely would have signed with Minnesota last offseason had he not taken the money from Tampa Bay. Johnson flopped with the Bucs, but flourished under Zimmer in Cincinnati from 2012-2013, registering 15 sacks and playing stout run defense.
Mar 12 - 10:46 AM

Bengals re-signed CB Chris Lewis-Harris.

Lewis-Harris was an exclusive rights free agent. He'll be back at the minimum to compete for a roster spot after playing just one defensive snap last season.
Mar 11 - 5:57 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings will be in the running for free agent DE Michael Johnson.

Johnson had his best seasons playing under former Cincinnati DC Mike Zimmer and knows his system. The Vikings could use him as a pass rushing complement to Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. Johnson has also received interest from the Bengals.
Mar 11 - 4:26 PM

Bucs released DE Michael Johnson.

They're giving up on him after one season of a "five-year, $45 million" deal. Along with LT Anthony Collins -- also released -- Johnson was a complete flop in Tampa Bay last season, battling a high ankle sprain, not giving full effort when healthy, and managing four sacks across 14 games. Assuming his price tag is low -- and it figures to be after Johnson put so much bad play on tape last season -- the Bengals are expected to be interested in a reunion. We also wouldn't rule out former Cincinnati DC Mike Zimmer's Vikings giving Johnson a long look.
Mar 11 - 3:30 PM

Bengals re-signed LG Clint Boling to a five-year, $26 million contract.

Rotoworld's No. 3 free-agent guard, Boling had been drawing interest from the Vikings and Jets. He's started 44 games for Cincinnati over the past three years, rebounding nicely from a torn ACL last season. Boling is an above-average run blocker who holds his own in the passing game. His return is good news for Hue Jackson's offense. The Bengals field one of the best offensive lines.
Mar 10 - 8:29 PM

Bengals signed LB A.J. Hawk, formerly of the Packers.

Continuing to show concern about WLB Vontaze Burfict's microfracture surgery via their actions, the Bengals bring aboard a declining veteran in Hawk. He should be a steadying presence in the Bengals' locker room, but was a disappointment throughout his Packers career and a major liability in 2014.
Mar 10 - 5:36 PM

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