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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'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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Jan 6 - 9:57 PM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson will interview for the Bills' head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday.

We already knew Jackson was a candidate to replace "St." Doug Marrone, but now we have a date for his interview. Lions DC Teryl Austin is scheduled to meet with Bills officials on Saturday. The team is also reportedly interested in Colts OC Pep Hamilton and 49ers OC Greg Roman.
Jan 6 - 4:50 PM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther acknowledged DT Geno Atkins wasn't the same player in 2014.

Atkins tore his ACL in Week 9 of 2013. He returned to play every game this season, but was a shell of himself. "We need to get him back to where he was when he was one of the best three techniques in the game," said Guenther. "This year he was just three technique No. 20. He was just a guy out there." Atkins recorded just 34 tackles and a career-low three sacks. He turns 27 in March and has four years left on his $56.4 million contract.
Jan 5 - 6:34 PM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther said Monday he's heard WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee surgery) will be "back and fine next year."

If so, it's great news for Cincinnati's defense. After signing a new four-year, $20 million deal last August, Burfict battled concussion, neck, and knee injuries throughout 2014. His playmaking ability was sorely missed as the Bengals struggled to defend the run. Burfict is still only 24 years old.
Jan 5 - 5:02 PM

Free agent CB Terence Newman will contemplate retirement this offseason.

Newman, who turned 36 in September, has been in the league since 2003, but hasn't played a full season since 2010. He finished the season with 46 solo tackles and one interception, a career low. Newman was benched late in the season for 25-year-old Dre Kirkpatrick. The Bengals seem likely to move on.
Jan 5 - 2:41 PM

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