Player News - Bengals

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ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini expects free agent A.J. McCarron to command "at least as much" as Mike Glennon on the open market.

Glennon signed for three years and $45 million with $18.5 million guaranteed last offseason and there's a good chance McCarron will surpass those figures in 2018. While McCarron will undoubtedly be on the Jets' radar—they nearly traded for him last offseason—Cimini believes bringing back a known commodity in Josh McCown would be a better use of the team's funds. It shouldn't take more than $12 million to re-sign McCown for 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 18 - 11:02 AM

According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings are expected to "consider" A.J. McCarron in free agency.

McCarron was granted free agency last week after winning his grievance against the Bengals. He'd likely be a fallback for the Vikings, who are also pursuing Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum. McCarron, who is expected to command up to $10 million annually, is also drawing interest from the Broncos, Browns, Cardinals and Jets.
Feb 18 - 9:48 AM

ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon believes A.J. McCarron "shoots to the top of he Browns' options" among free-agent quarterbacks.

The Browns will surely try to throw their hat into the ring for Kirk Cousins, but it seems highly doubtful Cousins will want to play there. McCarron obviously has a history with coach Hue Jackson after Jackson was his OC in Cincinnati and then foolishly tried to trade second- and third-round picks for McCarron at the trade deadline last year only to be saved by Sashi Brown. New GM John Dorsey may have more of a say in things, and it's unclear how he feels about McCarron. The Browns need to aim a lot higher, but McCarron could be an okay 2018 temporary stop-gap to allow a rookie to sit and learn the NFL ropes for a little bit.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 16 - 10:05 AM

A.J. McCarron has won his grievance against the Bengals and been awarded unrestricted free agency.

The grievance dated back to McCarron's rookie season in 2014, where the Bengals kept him on the non-football injury list for all but two games, saying he suffered a shoulder injury away from the team. That prevented his contract from tolling, and meant he was headed for restricted, instead of unrestricted, free agency this offseason. McCarron contended his injury was wrongly listed as non-football, and an independent arbitrator agreed. Going on 28, McCarron will now be one of the "stars" of a slightly-deeper-than-usual free agent quarterback class. The No. 164 overall pick of the 2014 draft, McCarron has attempted just 133 career passes. He could be a Brock Osweiler or Mike Glennon waiting to happen. McCarron has a noted admirer in ex-Bengals OC/current Browns coach Hue Jackson, who nearly pulled off a deadline deal for his ex-pupil.
Feb 15 - 5:01 PM

Bengals signed OT Bobby Hart, formerly of the Giants, to a one-year contract.

The Giants made it known in December that Hart wasn't long for the G-Men, and they finally waived him last weekend. The Bengals have one of the sorriest tackle groups in the league. They're merely taking a flier on the 23-year-old.
Feb 14 - 2:59 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski reports the Bengals are focused on signing contract-year DE Carlos Dunlap to an extension before Week 1.

They also hope to extend DT Geno Atkins this offseason. With at least 7.5 sacks each of the last five seasons, Dunlap has been something of a value on the five-year, $39 million extension he signed in 2013, so he will likely be looking for a raise. Dunlap will turn 29 at the end of February.
Feb 11 - 10:37 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski reports the Bengals are focused on signing contract-year DT Geno Atkins to an extension before Week 1.

According to Owczarski, it is the same story with DE Carlos Dunlap. 2018 will be the final year of a five-year, $53 million extension Atkins signed in 2013. The All-Pro has easily lived up to that deal, and he remained one of the best defenders in the league in 2017. His age -- he turns 30 in March -- could depress his value somewhat, but Atkins should be looking for at least $14 million a year on his next deal.
Feb 11 - 10:35 AM

Giants waived RT Bobby Hart.

It was originally reported that Hart was waived on December 30, but the move wasn't made official until Friday. He battled an ankle injury throughout 2017 while also drawing criticism for "quitting" on the team. The 23-year-old struggled over his 523 snaps, earning PFF's No. 76 grade out of 83 qualifiers at tackle.
Feb 9 - 4:53 PM

Giants RT Bobby Hart was never released by the team.

Hart was waived/injured on December 30. He passed through waivers unclaimed and landed on injured reserve. At the time Hart was waived/injured, it was perceived as punishment for "quitting on the team." The Giants have Hart under contract for one more season.
Feb 5 - 5:58 PM

Bengals CB Adam Jones underwent sports-hernia surgery.

Jones ended the year on I.R. with a groin issue and needed to get it fixed after the season. Recovery typically requires 6-8 weeks. The 34-year-old should be fine for OTAs. He has one year left on his contract with a $6.9 million cap hit.
Feb 2 - 10:14 AM

Free agent Jeremy Hill doesn't expect to re-sign with the Bengals.

This is just confirming the obvious. Hill had only 37 carries despite starting all seven games before landing on IR with ankle surgery last year. He'll likely have to settle for a committee role wherever he lands this offseason.
Jan 31 - 5:02 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer considers RT Jake Fisher "far from a lock" to start in 2018.

Fisher spent the final eight games of last season on NFI with an irregular heartbeat. He was losing snaps to Andre Smith before going down and is questionable to be cleared for OTAs. The Bengals need Fisher to make a leap under new OL coach Frank Pollack.
Jan 27 - 3:27 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer doesn't expect the Bengals to pick up LT Cedric Ogbuehi's fifth-year option.

Ogbuehi has been a bust since taking over as a starter in 2016, allowing 16 sacks and grading near the bottom of PFF's tackle ratings the last two years. He was called out by coach Marvin Lewis for "holding back" the offense. The Bengals should be aggressive in upgrading on Ogbuehi this offseason.
Jan 27 - 3:09 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals hope to re-sign free agent C Russell Bodine.

Bodine has been a major liability as a four-year starter, but he hasn't missed a game and is only 25 years old. "We want to do everything in our power to get Russell back," Lewis said. "Russell’s been, physically, mentally a tough football player. He was installed there as a rookie and he’s done nothing but continue to grow and get better and frankly grow into a guy you can count on."
Jan 26 - 2:09 PM

Bengals owner and president Mike Brown thinks the team can "quickly rebound" under Marvin Lewis.

Brown was largely encouraged by late-season wins over the Lions and Ravens, and he seems to think the team was a bit unlucky despite issues throughout the roster. "We lost a handful of games that were games we could’ve, should’ve won," Brown said. "And if we had managed to win our share of those, we would’ve been out of that middle group of teams." Despite Brown's optimism, the Bengals have several roster holes to fill, especially along the offensive line.
Jan 20 - 10:43 AM


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