Player News - Bengals

Date: Team: Pos:

The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala expects the Broncos to give free agent LT Andrew Whitworth a "serious look" when the market opens.

The offensive tackle market -- both in free agency and the draft -- is expected to be pretty barren, which bodes well for Whitworth, who is easily the best one available despite his advanced age (35). Whitworth has said he'd be open to a return to Cincinnati, but he also wants to test the market. He's a candidate for a massive payday with so many teams looking for offensive line help.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 22 - 3:40 PM

Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports impending free agent LT Andrew Whitworth is expected to test the open market.

"Unless blown away by a massive contract offer from Bengals management, something he's unlikely to receive," Marvez qualifies before adding Whitworth wants to play for a "legitimate Super Bowl contender." This is a surprising report coming just hours after Whitworth told Marvez on the radio he would like to stay with the Bengals and beat writer Paul Dehner said he would be "stunned" if the two sides do not come to an agreement. It is possible this is just a negotiating ploy, but the 35-year-old surely knows his window for a ring is quickly closing. He might want to see what is out there before committing to the Bengals.
Feb 20 - 9:57 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot wrote Browns coach Hue Jackson "likes" Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron.

Jackson coached McCarron in Cincinnati including the quarterback's four-game run as a starter in 2015. McCarron held his own after being thrust into the starting lineup, but Jackson would have to think he is a long-term starter to okay a trade. McCarron is entering a contract year, but he will just be a restricted free agent. That means the Bengals can keep him for another season, put an early-round tender on him next spring, and either take the draft pick if he gets an offer sheet or let him back up Andy Dalton again at a relatively cheap price. That scenario suggests a team will have to wow Cincinnati to pry McCarron away.
Feb 20 - 7:49 PM

Impending free agent LT Andrew Whitworth confirmed his agent is currently in talks with the Bengals, and he hopes to stay in Cincinnati.

Beat writer Paul Dehner would be "stunned" if the two sides don't work out a new contract. Although he turned 35 in December, Whitworth remains one of the more stable left tackles in the sport. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 3 left tackle last season, finishing No. 2 in pass blocking. Whitworth has been manning that spot for a decade now. He's a candidate to re-sign before March.
Feb 20 - 12:15 PM

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com believes Giovani Bernard (ACL) will avoid the PUP list to start next season.

Bernard tore his ACL last November and seems to be on schedule with his recovery. At worst, Hobson thinks Bernard could miss one or two games to start the season. The Bengals still have Jeremy Hill, but they'll need more depth with Bernard on the mend and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman headed for free agency. Running back could be a position the Bengals address in the draft.
Source: bengals.com
Feb 19 - 9:19 AM

Bengals signed CB Bene Benwikere.

Cut by the Panthers in October, Benwikere was claimed off waivers by Dolphins, but eventually waived again. He spent time on Miami and Green Bay's practice squads. Still only 25, Benwikere has experience on the outside, but is best utilized in the slot. There's a chance he cracks the Bengals' 53-man roster.
Feb 14 - 4:13 PM

ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell doesn't expect Cincinnati to use its franchise tag this year.

The Bengals have a number of key free agents, including RG Kevin Zeitler, LT/LG Andrew Whitworth, and CB Dre Kirkpatrick, but penny-pinching owner Mike Brown probably doesn't want to guarantee any of them top-of-the-market money. Zeitler would make the most sense as a soon-to-be 27-year-old player on the rise. But word out of Cincinnati is Zeitler is expected to reach the market.
Feb 13 - 10:33 AM

Bengals FS George Iloka had his shoulder scoped after the season.

He's expected to be ready for OTAs, and if not should be 100 percent well before training camp. Re-signed to a five-year, $30 million deal last March, Iloka matched a career high with three interceptions and earned PFF's No. 33 pass-coverage grade among 91 qualified safeties. Iloka turns 27 in March.
Feb 10 - 8:41 PM

Bengals LB Trevor Roach announced his retirement from the NFL.

Undrafted out of Nebraska, Roach spent most of his two-year career on Cincinnati's practice squad. He recorded one special teams tackle for the Bengals while appearing in four games this past season. The 24-year-old said he lost his passion for football, which prompted Roach to hang up his cleats.
Feb 10 - 3:33 PM

Bengals CB Pacman Jones has been granted a continuance in his assault case to March 23.

That's two weeks after the start of free agency. Jones isn't headed to the open market, but it means the team will have to decide his Bengals future with incomplete information. Cutting Jones, who is going on 34, would clear up $6.8 million in cap space. Jones did remain reasonably effective in 2016.
Feb 9 - 3:17 PM

Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron will be a restricted free agent following the 2017 season.

McCarron should have been set for unrestricted free agency after entering the league in 2014, but he spent that season on the non-football injury list and did not earn an accrued season. It is a technical but important distinction because it will allow the Bengals or, more importantly, any team which wants to trade for McCarron to keep the quarterback under control cheaply in 2018. If anything, McCarron's RFA status makes it more likely he is moved this offseason.
Feb 9 - 10:58 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner "continue(s) to feel confident" the Bengals will not retain free agent RG Kevin Zeitler.

Based on what he's heard, Dehner expects the Bengals to prioritize re-signing free agent LT/LG Andrew Whitworth and let Zeitler walk. It's a curious approach -- to be kind -- considering Whitworth is in steep decline at age 35 while 27-year-old (in March) Zeitler is one of the best young guards in football. Dehner believes there's only a "30 percent chance" Zeitler returns to Cincinnati. Zeitler is Rotoworld's No. 1-rated free agent interior offensive lineman.
Feb 9 - 10:31 AM

Bengals claimed WR Chris Brown off waivers from the Cowboys.

An undrafted free agent, Brown had a solid training camp before a foot injury ended his rookie year. He spent all of 2016 on IR. Brown should be heathy for the Bengals' offseason program. He'll compete for one of the final receiver spots.
Feb 8 - 5:20 PM

Free agent CB Bene Benwikere visited with the Jets.

Benwikere has been bouncing around the league since getting cut from Carolina. He was most recently on the Packers' practice squad. Benwikere should eventually land a reserve/future deal.
Feb 1 - 4:34 PM

The player rep for free agent LT Andrew Whitworth plans to open contract talks with the Bengals this week.

Whitworth has said he wants to stay with the Bengals, and Cincinnati should be open to working something out considering how poorly "future" LT Cedric Ogbuehi performed in 2016. 35-year-old Whitworth remains one of the best tackles in the league, but his age should keep the price down. It would not be a surprise if the two sides worked something out before free agency opens in March.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 30 - 11:22 PM


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