Player News - Bengals

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The Bengals have yet to open talks with free agent RG Kevin Zeitler.

Zeitler played out this season on an $8 million fifth-year option. He remained one of the top guards in the league, getting named a Pro Bowl alternate. With LT Andrew Whitworth also a free agent, Zeitler isn't a lock to be re-signed. Zeitler should push for David DeCastro money (5 years, $50 million).
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 7:30 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner believes Jeremy Hill will serve as a "backup" and goal-line specialist next season.

It would not be a great development for Hill personally, who is heading into his contract year. Dehner expects the Bengals to land a running back in the draft, and it seems he expects Giovani Bernard to take on the starting job, although Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL suffered Week 11. Hill had a couple big games against the Browns, but he was otherwise an inefficient mess before sitting out Week 17 with a knee injury. Since his rookie breakout, Hill has averaged 3.7 yards on 445 carries.
Jan 5 - 1:05 PM

Bengals CB Adam Jones was arrested on four charges including assault early Tuesday morning in Cincinnati.

The offseason is officially here! Jones is charged with assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business, and harassment with a bodily substance after allegedly pushing a man and poking him in the eye before refusing to enter the police car, kicking and head-butting an officer, and spitting on the hand of a nurse while he was being booked. It is a disappointing development for Jones, who was suspended for all of 2007 for several off-field incidents but had been on the straight-and-narrow for several years. Jones remains an effective corner, but he will turn 34 early next season and is owed $6.8 million in salary and bonuses. It would not be a surprise if the Bengals decide to move on.
Source: ESPN
Jan 3 - 8:12 AM

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner, trading A.J. McCarron is "a part of the offseason itinerary" for the Bengals.

Per Dehner, a McCarron deal will come down to a "matter of when, where and who will provide the most value" on the trade market. "You understand something might be happening and they’re trying to find somebody they’re possibly comfortable (trading) with," McCarron said Monday, anticipating a move. After showing reasonably well as a game manager in three spot starts in 2015, McCarron posted a 3:0 TD-to-INT ratio with a 65.5 completion rate this preseason. A poor man's version of Andy Dalton, McCarron might command a second- or third-round pick but is unlikely to fetch a first-rounder. We still wouldn't rule out the possibility he lasts in Cincinnati one more year.
Jan 2 - 4:36 PM

Bengals signed WR Alonzo Russell, DT David Dean, DE Ryan Brown, CB Tony McRae and OG Alex Redmond to reserve/future contracts.

Russell was a size/speed prospect out of Toledo last spring. A limited athlete, he caught only three preseason passes. His 53-man roster odds won't be that great in 2017.
Jan 2 - 3:19 PM

Tyler Eifert (back surgery) expects to be ready for training camp.

Eifert underwent back surgery last Tuesday. He said he could return sometime during the offseason program, but he said he will no doubt be ready for training camp. Either way, this will be another offseason of rehab for the tight end, who was sidelined by ankle issues last spring. Eifert has played 22 of a possible 48 regular season games the last three seasons.
Jan 2 - 11:39 AM

Bengals WR Cody Core caught 4-of-5 targets for 82 yards in the team's Week 17 win over the Ravens.

He actually led the team in receiving in their season finale. A sixth-round pick out of Ole Miss, Core played second fiddle to Laquon Treadwell in college but outproduced him in their NFL rookie years. As it pertains to 2017, Core projects as the Bengals' No. 4 receiver behind A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, and Tyler Boyd.
Jan 1 - 5:00 PM

C.J. Uzomah caught 3-of-3 targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

Uzomah wound up playing a lot more than the Bengals would have liked due to Tyler Eifert's back and ankle injuries, often playing ahead of more highly-touted Tyler Kroft. Uzomah lacks much Dynasty intrigue, but he is a name to keep in mind based on Eifert's injury history. Uzomah turns 24 later this month.
Jan 1 - 4:56 PM

Tyler Boyd caught 2-of-3 targets for 39 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

He added 15 yards on a reverse. A second-round pick out of Pitt, Boyd finishes his rookie campaign with 54 receptions for 603 yards (11.2 YPR) and one touchdown. Long term, Boyd best profiles as a possession-slot receiver with a limited ceiling. Assuming A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert get healthy -- they should -- Boyd will return as a complementary player in Cincinnati's 2017 offense.
Jan 1 - 4:45 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 7-of-11 targets for 67 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

In the absence of A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, LaFell had some target-monster moments in his age-30 campaign, finishing it with 64 receptions for 862 yards (13.5 YPR) and six touchdowns. He was also one of the Bengals' best blocking receivers. LaFell is an impending free agent and should be cheap for the Bengals to retain.
Jan 1 - 4:43 PM

Andy Dalton completed 18-of-28 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

The Bengals wound up taking their foot off the gas after building a convincing lead, but Dalton was a surgeon when this game was in doubt, finding Brandon LaFell and Cody Core for big plays. Missing A.J. Green and more so Tyler Eifert for much of the year, Dalton turned in a pedestrian 2016 campaign with an 18:8 TD-to-INT ratio. He was rarely useful in fantasy. That should change with Green and Eifert back healthy for 2017, where Dalton will offer value-pick potential. The Bengals will also look for Tyler Boyd to take a sophomore leap.
Jan 1 - 4:40 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed 27 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns and caught 2-of-2 targets for 25 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

It was a thrilling effort for Burkhead -- particularly if you played him in DFS -- because he was a true workhorse, dominating the Bengals' backfield en route to 29 touches while No. 2 back Cedric Peerman handled only six. Burkhead gashed the Ravens between the tackles, scored twice in short yardage, and turned his two targets into gains of 12 and 13 in the passing game. An impending free agent, this was an excellent showcase game for the long-underrated Burkhead, who has been typecast as a special teamer in Cincinnati. Burkhead is worth rostering in Dynasty leagues to see where he lands in the offseason.
Jan 1 - 3:56 PM

Jeremy Hill is one of the Bengals' inactives for Week 17 against the Ravens.

Rex Burkhead should operate as the Bengals' lead back with Tra Carson and Cedric Peerman behind him. Cincinnati's other Week 17 inactives are QB Jeff Driskel, LB Vontaze Burfict, OG Christian Westerman, TE Tyler Kroft, DT DeShawn Williams, and WR Jake Kumerow.
Jan 1 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Brandon LaFell needs three catches and five yards Week 17 against the Ravens to reach two separate incentives in his contract.

The catches will earn LaFell an extra $300,000 for reaching 60, and the yards will net him $200,000 for breaking the 800-yard barrier. With A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert out, it would be shocking if he did not hit both incentives, but it is still nice to know he has some extra motivation in what amounts to a meaningless game.
Jan 1 - 8:29 AM

Bengals placed A.J. Green on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

Green had already been ruled out for Week 17, so this just opens up a roster spot for OG Trey Hopkins, who was promoted from the practice squad. Green likely was healthy enough to suit up the final two weeks, but the Bengals decided to play it safe in a lost season. Green should be fully healthy for the offseason program, but he could make some waves after being clearly upset at the decision to sit him down the final two games. Green ends the season just 36 yards short of his sixth 1,000-yard season in a row.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:17:00 AM


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