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Cincy Jungle 2 hours ago

NFL Transactions: Franchise Tag Monday Edition

While the NFL franchise tag deadline was the big topic Monday, there were several other notable roster moves made. Former Bengals cornerback Victor Hampton was waived by the Ravens. He spent the 2014 training camp with Cincinnati before signing a future deal this offseason with Baltimore. The Dolphins cut veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan, while Pittsburgh parted with receiver Lance Moore. The Eagles signed recently-released Packers linebacker Brad Jones, and the Giants cut former starting center J.D. Walton. Monday Transactions Baltimore Ravens Waived CB Victor Hampton. Dallas Cowboys...

Bengals LB coach attends pro day at Tennessee-Chattanooga

The Cincinnati Bengals coaches and scouts are spreading out around the country to attend as many pro days as possible. One of the team's defensive coaches spent time at Tennessee-Chattanooga to (presumably) check out linebacker Davis Tull. The Cincinnati Bengals were one of 22 NFL teams that attended Tennessee-Chattanooga's pro day on Monday. According to NFL senior analyst Gil Brandt, "a linebackers coach from the Cincinnati Bengals" was on hand to watch Davis Tull, an outside linebacker who earned three Southern Conference defensive player of the year awards, was named to three...
Cincy Jungle 6 hours ago

Devon Still Receives 2015 Hope Gala Knight Award

Devon Still was honored this past weekend with the Knight Award for spreading nationwide awareness and raising money for pediatric cancer. Watch his moving acceptance speech.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers planning to release Anthony Collins if they can't trade him

Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins will be released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if they're unable to find a trade partner. We could see the Bengals re-signing him, if he returns to the role he had before leaving. Remember last year when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached a five-year agreement worth $30 million with Anthony Collins? A riot ensued and someone cursed Mike Brown's name. How could the Bengals NOT re-sign Collins, who secured a +12.0 Pro Football Focus grade in 2013 and didn't allow a quarterback sack in 389 pass blocks? At least Cincinnati signed a steal in...

The 2015 salary cap set at $143.28 million and how it impacts the Bengals

The NFL announced that the 2015 salary cap will be set at $143.28 million. We look at how that impacts the Cincinnati Bengals, who are expected to be players in free agency this year. The NFL has announced that the 2015 salary cap will be set at $143.28 million, Fox Sports, USA Today and the NFL Network first reported. This represents a $10 million increase from 2014 when the hard cap was set at $133 million. The NFL projected $143 million several weeks ago with the NFLPA providing their own analysis that the cap "won't be lower" than $143 million. The Cincinnati Bengals current cap...

The Chronicle: Ken Riley is a hall of famer, Rey Maualuga to Minnesota?

We open this week talking about possible changes that came out of Naples, Florida. Also, Ken Riley is finally a hall of famer and is there a chance that Rey Maualuga follows Mike Zimmer to Minnesota? The NFL Competition Committee met this weekend to discuss several items that could lead to proposals for eventual rule changes. From expanding the 53-man roster to 55 players, or shutting down the idea of an inactive list during Thursday Night games, the league is in a constant state of fluidity. In addition to those roster changes, the league is exploring: - Making more plays reviewable. This...
Cincy Jungle 10 hours ago

Bengals host Jacoby Jones with Titans up next, per report

The Bengals are likely interested in Jacoby Jones at a veteran-minimum deal if they want to move on from Brandon Tate in NFL free agency. The Cincinnati Bengals could be ready to move on from utilizing Brandon Tate as their primary return man, and his replacement may come from within the AFC North. According to Geoff Hobson, former Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones is visiting Cincinnati Monday, one week after Baltimore cut the veteran returner. Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports Jones will visit the Tennessee Titans following his stay with the Bengals. Jones was set to make $3.375...
Cincy Jungle 11 hours ago

NFL Free Agency: Franchise Tag Deadline Tracker

Dez Bryant, Justin Houston and Demaryius Thomas are among those getting hit with the franchise tag before NFL Free agency opens. The start of NFL free agency is just over a week away, but several of the big-name players scheduled to hit the market will do so with the franchise tag applied to them. Keep track here for the latest news and rumors surrounding who is getting the tag, and who will be able to hit unrestricted free agency. *** The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on outside linebacker Justin Houston. However, Houston won't be signing his one-year tender worth $13...
Cincy Jungle 12 hours ago

NFL Free Agency dates may be altered, per report

This comes on the heels of a report that the NFL could be changing its rules regarding inactives lists and 53-man roster limits. NFL free agency opens in one week, but there will be many players becoming unrestricted free agents who won't sign a contract anytime soon. That's because they'll be victims of the compensatory draft pick process. Under the current CBA, players who become unrestricted free agents on the first day of the league year and who are not signed by June 1 aren't included in the formula for determining compensatory picks. An example of this is the Bengals and tight end...
Cincy Jungle 13 hours ago

Bengals Bites (3/2) - Expanding Rosters

The competition committee is meeting and one topic is the possible expansion of NFL rosters to 55 players. The Bengals are taking a look at the wide receiver position. Even Lynch thought he was getting the ball. Rosters could expand to 55 | ProFootballTalkThe Competition Committee's annual pre-league meeting get-together includes, for 2015, examination of roster size. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Competition Committee is considering expanding rosters from 53 to 55. Bengals Offseason Outlook: WRsBengals columnist Paul Dehner Jr. previews the status of every position as...
Cincy Jungle 15 hours ago

Report: Willie Colon won't be back for Jets; Clint Boling one of their targets

The New York Jets must upgrade their offensive line in free agency, and they could turn to a Bengals free agent to do so. The Jets appear to be one of potentially several teams the Bengals have to fight off to keep Clint Boling. According to Metro New York, the Jets are set to move on from veteran guard Willie Colon, who ranked 66th out of 78 qualified guards via Pro Football Focus this past season. It's easy to see why New York wants an upgrade at guard, and that article mentions Boling as a potential target to replace Colon. As for possible replacements, the source said that the Jets...
Cincy Jungle Mar 1, 2015

Former Bengal and current Ravens DB Victor Hampton arrested for DWI among other charges

The Bengals were smart to not even keep Victor Hampton on their practice squad or offseason roster. Remember Victor Hampton? He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina last year. Though he had a decent showing at training camp, Hampton was among the final roster cuts, and was never signed to the practice squad. Well, he signed with Baltimore once the offseason began, and he's already in trouble with the law. According to WSOC-TV, Hampton got busted for DWI in Charlotte on Saturday. Victor Hampton, 22, is facing DWI, speeding, reckless driving and open container...

QUICK SNAP: Random notes about the Cincinnati Bengals' roster

Piecing together a few notes about the team's roster -- where it's at, where it could be headed and where it's been in the past. NOTE: This is a posting of random notes. When the Cincinnati Bengals released defensive end Robert Geathers and wide receiver Greg Little on Friday, they reduced their offseason roster to 70 players -- 19 of whom will enter free agency this March (provided the Bengals don't use the franchise tag, tender restricted free agents or re-sign unrestricted free agents prior to March 10). NOTE: The deadline to use the franchise tag is this Monday. Now you're looking at 51...
Cincy Jungle Mar 1, 2015

NFL Free Agency 2015: Top Kickers and Punters Available

This is one of the better markets for kickers you'll see in an NFL free agency period. As NFL free agency inches closer, the less-heralded kicker position is one that cannot be overlooked. The Cincinnati Bengals could be on the verge of losing Mike Nugent if he's not re-signed, but there are several replacements hitting the market. While kicker isn't the most important position, having a good one is key for teams hoping to make a deep playoff run. Nine of the top 15 kickers via ESPN this past season kicked for playoff teams, and the Super Bowl-champion Patriots' roster featured the No. 1...

Committee considering removal of inactive list for Thursday Night Games

Instead of ending a poor product that increases the likelihood of injuries for NFL players, the committee is considering the abolition of the Thursday Night inactive list. The Competition Committee is reviewing (or has already reviewed) changes that could impact the NFL roster. Once they decide what they like and don't like, they'll ship those recommendations off to the owners who will approve/reject the committee's proposals -- having old guys like Tom Benson, who specialize in family drama and estate-mongering, voting on competition issues is still hilarious; but whatever to make them...
Cincy Jungle Mar 1, 2015

Bengals may look into Anthony Fasano; His relation to Andrew Whitworth in 2006 draft

Anthony Fasano has logged 109 starts over nine seasons with the Cowboys, Dolphins and Chiefs. Could the Bengals be his next team? The Bengals have already set up a visit with James Casey after Philadelphia cut him, and they could target another tight end who was just released in Anthony Fasano. The 9-year veteran  was on tap to make $2.8 million next season, and Fasano finished his 2-year run in Kansas City with 48 catches for 426 yards and seven touchdowns over 26 games. The Chiefs will save $1.96 million with the move, per OverTheCap.com, and they simply weren't going to pay him that...
Cincy Jungle Mar 1, 2015

Bengals Bites (3/1) - Feel Like Gambling?

One site takes a look at some gambles the Cincinnati Bengals should take. Clint Boling is on the New York Giants radar. Cincinnati Bengals: Gambles Worth Taking in 2015 NFL DraftThe NFL Draft is a time in which risk and reward are weighed on a second-by-second basis. Some gambles eventually pay off and propel teams to incredible heights, while others fail to pan out. For the Cincinnati Bengals, the 2015 NFL Draft will determine the future of the organization. 2015 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Must Land Tyler LockettOver the past four seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals have placed their trust...
Cincy Jungle Mar 1, 2015

Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant likely getting franchise tag

Don't expect Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas to be leaving the Cowboys and Broncos this year. Two of the best players slated to hit free agency are already coming off the market, sort of. With Tuesday's deadline to use the tag almost here, the Broncos will be using it on Pro-Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to Pro Football Talk. The two dies simply aren't close to a deal, and Thomas will remain in Denver for at least one more season. If he stays beyond that remains to be seen though. It's hard to see Peyton Manning playing beyond this upcoming season, so perhaps Thomas will be...

The Chronicle: Ken Riley headed to the Hall

We dive into a topic started with a FanPost, asking if the San Francisco 49ers were to release Ahmad Brooks, should the Bengals sign him. Also, a heavy congratulations to Ken Riley and an update on Orson Charles. Should the Bengals reunite with linebacker Ahmad Brooks. This comes from commenter phil515 in a FanPost, who writes: "Before you become set on an opinion look at it this way he is as aggressive as Burfict. He can shut down that outside spot and can go get in the backfield behind the wall of fear that we call our own Carlos Dunlap." Brooks, currently signed through 2017 with the...

Saying goodbye to former Bengals DE Robert Geathers... for now

The Cincinnati Bengals released defensive end Robert Geathers, who was one of the team's core leaders. On the other hand, his production had begun sliding for some time, making the move inevitable to create room for a new generation. As soon as the team announced they were releasing defensive end Robert Geathers, the beat notoriously (and predictably) either spoke with the language of a press release or diverted conversation into the locker room. After Cincinnati went 2-14 in 2002, the recently-hired Marvin Lewis identified a desperate need to change the team's culture. Within two years, he...

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