Bengals Rumors & News

  • NFL doesn’t think a 2018 game in China is feasible

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has continued to do business in China, but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be a game there soon. Via Albert Breer of, any hope of the league playing a regular season game in China appears to be on hold for now, according to the head of the league’s international..." September 21

  • Roger Goodell's NFL extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now'

    CBS Sports "After a bit of turmoil, Roger Goodell's extension finally seems to be on the way. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Owner Jerry Jones was reportedly spearheading a small-scale owners' mutiny..." September 21

  • Cincinnati Bengals' Lazor, Dalton 'trying to make the easy things easy'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "When he’s with the media, Andy Dalton occasionally breaks from AndySpeak (a kinder, gentler form of discourse lifted from the football Book of Cliché) to say something profound and to the point. It’s completely unintentional when it happens. But instructive nonetheless. “We’re trying to make..." September 21

  • Marvin Lewis threatens Bengals players with major changes

    Larry Brown Sports "Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says his players need to get better — or else. Lewis spoke to the media on Wednesday for the first time since firing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after an 0-2 start that saw the team fail to score an offensive touchdown. He relayed the message that he..." September 20

  • Andy Dalton responds to report that some Bengals players want Colin Kaepernick

    CBS Sports "Apparently, Andy Dalton has been avoiding all forms of media over the past week because he definitely didn't seem too concerned about recent reports that some players in the Bengals locker room are starting to lose faith in him. Pro Football Talk reported on Sunday that some players were so..." September 20

  • Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen. A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin..." September 20

  • Bengals, Marvin Lewis are in perfect position to end Andy Dalton marriage

    Sporting News "As I've always said, don't overreact to what happens in Week 1 of a given NFL season. Take the Patriots’ rebound performance against the Saints on Sunday, for example. But what if a team's lousy opening game is followed by another ugly outing in Week 2? That's when team executives really get..." September 20

  • Bears waiving wide receiver Tanner Gentry

    Pro Football Talk "The Bears are waiving wide receiver Tanner Gentry, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Chicago hopes to re-sign Gentry to the practice squad, per Jahns. The Bears already have lost receivers Cameron Meredith (knee) and Kevin White (shoulder fracture) to season-ending injuries, with..." September 19

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Andy Dalton is On Thin Ice, Says Ex-Bengals Star T.J. Houshmandzadeh

    TMZ "One of the greatest receivers in Cincinnati Bengals history says it's time for Andy Dalton to step up and play like an elite quarterback ... or he's gonna get benched. TMZ Sports spoke with T.J. Houshmandzadeh about the Bengals' 0-2 start to the season ... and he says Dalton's miscues are a big..." September 18

  • Fans hand Bengals another loss with empty seats

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Before the Bengals ever kicked off their disastrous opening week on the field, the performance off the field illustrated a concerning trend. The Bengals and their fans aren’t on the best terms. Such a fact was apparent in the banks of empty seats at Paul Brown Stadium this past week for the..." September 17

  • What's to become of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati?

    Yardbarker "Getting shut out at home to a division rival is about as bad a note to start off a season as there is. In doing so, veteran starting quarterback Andy Dalton completely tanked, turning the ball over five times in a performance that was so bad that, at least according to ESPN’s in-house quarterback..." September 16

  • Bengals HC Lewis faced 'near mutiny' prior to Zampese's firing

    Pro Football Talk "So why did Bengals coach Marvin Lewis fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese? Lewis basically had no choice. After two home games only four days apart and zero touchdowns and nine total points scored, Lewis was facing a “near mutiny,” a league source tells PFT. The normally quiet A.J. Green..." September 16

  • Firing Ken Zampese won’t solve anything for flailing Bengals

    Sportsnaut "The Cincinnati Bengals have won just six games since the start of the 2016 season, and the franchise is in full-blown panic mode after opening this season 0-2. As a reflex, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese following Thursday night’s embarrassing loss to the Houston Texans at..." September 15

  • Report: Cincinnati Bengals to fire OC after rough start to season

    ALL 22 "The Cincinnati Bengals are already making major changes to their offense after a rough start to the 2017 season. The Bengals are going to fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, and are replacing him with quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. In two games,..." September 15

  • Marvin Lewis: Andy Dalton's starting job is secure "Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals couldn't have had a worse start to the 2017 season. Through two weeks, and two home losses, Dalton's Bengals have failed to score a touchdown. Cincinnati is the first team since the 1939 Eagles to play the first two games of a season at home and score zero..." September 15

  • AJ Green frustrated by lack of targets on final drive

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cincinnati Bengals failed to score a touchdown for the second consecutive game as they lost at home to the Houston Texas 13-9 on Thursday night. A.J. Green seemed to be frustrated afterwards about the lack of passes he saw on the Bengals’ final drive. Cincinnati was down 13-9 following a..." September 15

  • With no touchdowns, Bengals can join some ugly company next week

    Pro Football Talk "Through two games of the season, the Cincinnati Bengals have still not scored a touchdown: The Bengals got shut out to start the season with a 20-0 loss to the Ravens, then they managed only field goals in last night’s 13-9 loss to the Texans. That’s bad, but it’s not that unusual. Quite a few..." September 15

  • Bengals' John Ross: To make debut Thursday

    CBS Sports "Ross (knee) is expected to play in Thursday's game against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Ross was held out of the Bengals' season-opening loss to the Ravens due to a knee sprain, but after being a full participant in practice this week, it looks as if the rookie out of Washington is..." September 14

  • John Ross reportedly unlikely to play in Week 2

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cincinnati Bengals do not sound like they should be counting on rookie wide receiver John Ross to make his debut this weekend. Bengals beat writer Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes that Ross is a “long shot” to play, even though he has been practicing — which has apparently..." September 13

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • John Ross on track to play in Week 2?

    Larry Brown Sports "Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft pick John Ross missed Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, and the team could have used his blazing speed in a game in which it was shut out. Assuming Ross doesn’t suffer any setbacks this week, he should be available on Thursday night. Ross hurt his knee in..." September 12

  • Andy Dalton gets pelted by Bengals fan as he walks off the field after loss

    CBS Sports "At least one Bengals fan had better accuracy than Andy Dalton on Sunday. As Dalton walked off the field following his team's 20-0 loss to the Ravens, an irate a fan took off his hat and then threw it at Dalton, and hit him square in the left shoulder. As you can see below, Dalton ignored the mad..." September 11

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • Rookie WR John Ross may try to play in Bengals’ opener

    Larry Brown Sports "Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver John Ross may try to give it a go on Sunday despite not being expected to play. Ross hurt his knee in the Bengals’ final preseason game, putting his status for Week 1 in jeopardy. Not only was he not expected to be available for Cincinnati’s Week 1 opener..." September 10

  • Michael Johnson out with concussion

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals are having a rough time in their regular-season debut. Already without linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Pacman Jones due to suspensions, they’ll have to try to slow down the Ravens for the rest of the day without veteran defensive end Michael Johnson." September 10

  • Bengals' A.J. Green: 'I want to be a Hall of Famer.'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "This isn’t enough. All of this. Not. Enough. The screeching shouts of “A.J. Green! A.J. Green!” during training camp. Star status. Six Pro Bowls. A top spot on the pay scale at his position. Being “the guy” on the offense. Endorsement opportunities (and the ability to pass on them)...." September 10

  • Bengals & LB Vontaze Burfict Working On Contract Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "Josina Anderson of ESPN is reporting that the Bengals and LB Vontaze Burfict are currently working on a contract extension. Burfict will miss the first three games of the regular season after his initial five-game ban was reduced to three games following an appeal. Burfict received the..." September 07

  • Bengals, Vontaze Burfict Agree To Extension

    Pro Football Rumors "This developed fast. The Bengals and Vontaze Burfict agreed to a three-year extension worth $38.68MM, Adam Schefter of tweets. Word of an extension for the polarizing linebacker surfaced this afternoon, and it looks like the longtime Bengals second-level standout will be staying in..." September 07

  • John Harbaugh calls A.J. Green best WR in the game

    Sportsnaut "The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals will do battle in Week 1 of the NFL season on Sunday. Much like every division battle in the AFC North since John Harbaugh took over as the Ravens’ head coach back in 2008, it’s been a bitter rivalry. This doesn’t mean that Harbaugh himself fails to..." September 07

  • NFL officially hires 21 full-time officials

    Sportsnaut "It was announced earlier in the summer that the NFL would in fact employ nearly two-dozen full-time officials for the 2017 season. It’s the first time that the league has gone to the extent of hiring full-time zebras. The league has now officially made the move, hiring 21 full-time officials..." September 06

  • John Ross reportedly expected to be out through Week 2

    Yardbarker "Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross is not expected to suit up for his team’s Week 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens, and the rookie could be looking at a multi-week absence. Ross suffered a sprained knee in Cincinnati’s preseason finale last week, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports..." September 05

  • Bengals get to 53 with a rash of moves

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals are among the teams at 53 players on the active roster. Here are the moves they made to get there. Twenty-three players have been waived: linebacker Bryson Albright; linebacker Brandon Bell; receiver Chris Brown; defensive end Ryan Brown; defensive end Will Clarke; safety Demetrious..." September 03

  • Bengals cut Jake Elliott, keep Randy Bullock at kicker

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals held a kicking competition this summer and they made their choice on Saturday. Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the team will waive Jake Elliott and keep Randy Bullock on their initial 53-man roster. Elliott was a fifth-round pick this April. Coach Marvin..." September 02

  • Bengals get to 53 with a rash of moves

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals are among the teams at 53 players on the active roster. Here are the moves they made to get there. Twenty-three players have been waived: linebacker Bryson Albright; linebacker Brandon Bell; receiver Chris Brown; defensive end Ryan Brown; defensive end Will Clarke; safety Demetrious..." September 02

  • Cowboys trade for CB Bene Benwikere

    Pro Football Talk "The Cowboys acquired a cornerback while in the process of giving pink slips to several members of their roster on Saturday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Dallas is sending a conditional late-round draft pick to the Bengals in exchange for Bene Benwikere. Benwikere was a 2014..." September 02

  • Bengals release NFLPA president Winston

    247 Sports "Being the President of the NFL Players Association does not guarantee you a spot on a roster. Veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston learned that the hard way on Saturday morning, when the Cincinnati Bengals cut him. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported the news. Winston, 33, played each of..." September 02

  • Bengals rookie WR John Ross leaves game with knee injury

    Sportsnaut "Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver John Ross left his team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night with a knee injury. Ross had one catch for 25 yards in the team’s final postseason game that is taking place in Indianapolis. It was only August 14 that the rookie pass-catcher..." September 01

  • Early word on John Ross knee injury is positive

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals didn’t get a long look at first-rounder John Ross in the preseason, and when they did, they saw him leave with a new injury. But the news apparently was good. According to Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, the damage to the rookie wide receiver’s knee is not serious,..." September 01

  • Ron Rivera: Cam Newton, Andy Dalton absorb 'a lot of shots'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton and the Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton were compared on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" on Wednesday by Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who said both quarterbacks absorbed ugly hits last season because of their similar athleticism and styles of play. Mike Greenberg asked..." August 31

  • Vontaze Burfict's suspension reduced to three games "Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's initial five-game suspension by the NFL for a hit he delivered during a preseason game against the Chiefs has been reduced to three games on appeal, a source informed of the decision told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Burfict will be suspended..." August 30

  • Bengals coach Marvin Lewis not concerned about contract status

    Fanrag Sports "Having been with the Cincinnati Bengals since the 2003 season, Marvin Lewis is the longest-tenured head coach in franchise history. But after leading the Bengals to the playoffs for five consecutive seasons, winning 10 games or more in four of them, Lewis’ team suffered a letdown of sorts in 2016..." August 30

  • Bengals coach Marvin Lewis: Vontaze Burfict has changed but still hits like 'cement truck'

    ESPN "Bengals coach Marvin Lewis defended Vontaze Burfict's style of play in the wake of a pending five-game suspension. Lewis said that Burfict has changed his style of play after getting a three-game suspension last year for violations of player safety. "In my opinion Vontaze has changed,' Lewis..." August 29

  • Bengals trade Marquis Flowers to New England

    Cincinnati Enquirer "There is something about the back end of the Cincinnati Bengals roster that intrigues the New England Patriots, as the defending Super Bowl champions have once again gone to the Queen City to find a potential playmaker. The Enquirer learned through multiple league sources that the Bengals sent..." August 29

  • Playoffs in sight for Bengals barring another rash of injuries

    Sportsnaut "The Cincinnati Bengals had a year from hell in 2016. They fell from 12-4 — AFC North winners in 2015 — to 6-9-1 and third place in the division. A lot went wrong. Running back Giovani Bernard, wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert — three of their most important offensive players..." August 28

  • Vontaze Burfict rips NFL, says opponent told him hit was legal

    Larry Brown Sports "Vontaze Burfict is facing yet another suspension for an illegal hit, and the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is furious with the NFL over it. Burfict, who is on the verge of being banned for the first five games of the season for a hit on Kansas City Chiefs running back Anthony Sherman, ripped..." August 28

  • Bengals' LB Vontaze Burfict suspended 5 games; appealing NFL ruling

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Enquirer confirmed Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been suspended five games for an off-the-ball hit on Kansas City fullback Anthony Sherman in the Bengals’ second preseason game. The Enquirer also confirmed that the linebacker is appealing and has a hearing with the..." August 28