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A.J. McCarron said he wanted the "opportunity" to start in Cleveland.

McCarron was all but traded to the Browns at the deadline, but the paperwork was not filed in time. "I think I would have had some success playing for Hue," McCarron said. "I would have loved the opportunity to go up there and get them a win, more than one win." While he was specifically talking about the Browns, it is pretty clear McCarron is just tired of being a backup. Whether he is deemed a restricted or unrestricted free agent at a hearing on February 15, McCarron will likely do everything he can to get out of Cincinnati this offseason.
Source: AL.com
Jan 16 - 9:27 AM

Bengals hired Alex Van Pelt as QB coach.

Van Pelt's contract wasn't picked up after coaching the Packers' quarterbacks the last four years. He'll allow OC Bill Lazor to focus on coordinating the offense after he was forced to do both in 2017. Van Pelt has a strong background for his work with Aaron Rodgers and will be tasked with getting more from Andy Dalton coming off a down year. The Bengals also signed Daronte Jones as their secondary coach and Matt Raich as a defensive assistant.
Source: bengals.com
Jan 12 - 5:12 PM

A.J. Green will not play in the Pro Bowl because of a knee injury.

The issue is reportedly minor and will not require surgery, suggesting it is just an excuse for Green to skip the game. He should be fine for the offseason program.
Jan 11 - 10:50 AM

Bengals hired Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator.

Austin was a hot name on the coordinating circuit, drawing strong interest from the Raiders and getting connected to the Packers as well. Although Austin's defenses in Detroit were far from dominant, he maximized the Lions' talent and is one of the league's most respected defensive minds. With DE Carl Lawson, WLB Vontaze Burfict, LE Carlos Dunlap, and CB William Jackson in place, Austin inherits a talented Bengals defense that faded down the 2017 stretch due to injuries.
Jan 8 - 3:43 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are pursuing Lions DC Teryl Austin to be their assistant head coach.

Rapoport reported Sunday night that Austin is "in negotiations" with the Bengals to become their new defensive coordinator, so this leak could just be an effort to grease the wheels in those talks. All we know right now is Austin is unlikely to stay in Detroit with Patriots DC Matt Patricia expected to take over as head coach.
Jan 8 - 11:30 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals "are in negotiations" with Teryl Austin to be their new defensive coordinator.

Austin is currently the Lions defensive coordinator, but with Patriots DC Matt Patricia likely to fill Detroit's head coaching vacancy, the Lions should be willing to let Austin jump ship. Austin is a respected coordinator who has earned head coaching interviews in the past, but the Lions slumped on defense in 2017. He should be able to get back on track coaching a Bengals unit which has plenty of talent.
Jan 7 - 10:01 PM

The Lions have blocked DC Teryl Austin from interviewing with the Packers.

The Packers had interest in Austin as a replacement for Dom Capers. With Austin still under contract, Detroit will prevent him from making a lateral move. It's possible Austin could become available when the Lions have a new head coach in place.
Jan 5 - 5:06 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the same position in Cincinnati on Friday.

Austin technically remains under contract with the Lions, so he had to be granted permission to interview for what would be a lateral move. He previously interviewed to replace Jim Caldwell in Detroit. The Bengals are replacing Paul Guenther, whose contract was not renewed. An ex-Ravens assistant, Austin has coordinated the Lions' defense since 2014, largely overseeing solid units. He has never worked with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
Jan 4 - 8:52 PM

The Bengals haven't ruled out re-signing free agent TE Tyler Eifert.

Eifert had multiple back surgeries and appeared in just two games last season. The Bengals got a third-year leap from Tyler Kroft in his absence but run a lot of dual tight end sets. Eifert's best chance at reestablishing his value may be returning to the Bengals on a prove-it deal.
Jan 3 - 7:52 PM

The Bengals will retain OC Bill Lazor.

He's being signed to a two-year contract alongside coach Marvin Lewis, who also just signed a deal through 2019 to stay in Cincinnati. Lazor took over play-calling duties two games into the season after Ken Zampese was fired by the Bengals. The Bengals still finished dead last in total offense and 26th in scoring, but the unit improved after Lazor took over. They'll need to find serious offensive line improvements this offseason and get Joe Mixon on the right track in 2018.
Jan 3 - 11:36 AM

Bengals signed coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year extension through 2019.

After appearing to finally be on the outs after 15 years in Cincinnati, Lewis instead returns after likely winning some concessions from owner Mike Brown. Lewis had been talking as if he had to be convinced to stay, instead of vice versa. It's another strange chapter in a coaching career that's included seven trips to the postseason but zero playoff victories. Lewis can coach competent football — his teams have posted nine or more wins six times in nine years since 2009 — but at least so far, his style of play has come with a hard ceiling. There's little reason to believe the Bengals will finally find the next level in 2018.
Jan 2 - 5:18 PM

Bengals signed WR Kermit Whitfield, LB Carl Bradford, K Jon Brown, LB Connor Harris, OT Javarius Leamon, OG Oni Omoile, TE Scott Orndoff, CB Sojourn Shelton and SS Robenson Therezie to reserve/future contracts.

A 2017 UDFA out of Florida State, Whitfield spent the year on the practice squad. A pint-sized 5-foot-8, 184 pounds, the 24-year-old caught five passes for 80 yards in the preseason.
Jan 1 - 2:56 PM

Marvin Lewis said he and the Bengals have mutual interest in extending their relationship.

Lewis made the statement in a shoulder shrug of a press conference in which he answered essentially zero questions about his future. Still, this comment suggests there is a real chance Lewis sticks around as the head coach -- he shot down rumors about a front office job. This situation will hopefully be resolved early this week.
Jan 1 - 1:05 PM

A.J. McCarron's grievance hearing will be held on February 15.

McCarron is currently scheduled to be a restricted free agent because he did not earn an accrued season in 2014, but he filed a grievance against the Bengals in the hopes of being given unrestricted status. McCarron will be a hot commodity if he hits the open market, but the Bengals will almost certainly place a first-round tender on him if he remains restricted, making it cost prohibitive for another team to sign him. The Browns almost acquired McCarron at the trade deadline and could be interested again with coach Hue Jackson looking likely to stick around.
Source: ESPN
Jan 1 - 11:58 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Lions will interview DC Teryl Austin for their open head coaching job.

The interview will take place on Tuesday. This is likely just a courtesy interview for a coach who has interviewed for several jobs outside the organization over the past several years. That said, hiring Austin would allow the Lions to keep the offensive staff in place.
Jan 1 - 11:25 AM


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