Bengals Rumors & News

  • Bengals To Re-Sign DT Pat Sims

    Pro Football Rumors "Pat Sims is back, and Bengals fans didn’t even get a chance to really miss him. After waiving Sims on Saturday, the Bengals are set to re-sign the defensive tackle, according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. It is expected that defensive tackle Josh Tupou will be released to make..." November 21

  • Bengals re-sign Pat Sims, waive Josh Tupou

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals re-signed defensive tackle Pat Sims on Tuesday. They waived defensive tackle Josh Tupou in a corresponding move. Cincinnati waived Sims on Saturday, and he cleared waivers Monday. The 10-year veteran has played in eight games this year, with seven starts, and has made 19 tackles." November 21

  • Roger Goodell To Soon Sign Five-Year, $200M Extension

    Real GM Football "Roger Goodell's contract extension is expected to be completed in December at the owners' meetings. Momentum to delay the deal has dissipated "meaningfully," in the estimation of one league source. Jerry Jones has been attempting to block Goodell's extension." November 20

  • Cincinnati Bengals continue to tweak roster and waive Pat Sims

    Cincinnati Enquirer "For the third straight week, the Cincinnati Bengals made a roster move prior to departing on a road trip. On Saturday, the club waived veteran defensive tackle Pat Sims and signed linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad to replace him. Sims, 31, started seven of the eight games he..." November 19

  • Bengals’ Tyler Eifert has surgery to remove cyst in knee

    Sportsnaut "Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is currently on injured reserve with a troublesome back injury that has required three surgeries. But that’s not the extent of what’s illing the injury-plagued Pro Bowler. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Eifert just recently had surgery to remove a..." November 18

  • Bengals promote Hardy Nickerson, waive Pat Sims

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals signed linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad Saturday. They waived defensive tackle Pat Sims in a corresponding move. Cincinnati cut Nickerson, a rookie out of the University of Illinois, on Tuesday and re-signed him to the practice squad Wednesday after he cleared..." November 18

  • Cincinnati Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis, QB Andy Dalton are tied at pretty good

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Andy Dalton is a pretty good quarterback. In seven seasons, he has won 58 percent of the time. The Bengals have made the playoffs in five of those seasons. By NFL standards, that’s pretty successful. Dalton has completed 63 percent of his passes and thrown 66 more touchdowns than..." November 18

  • Marvin Lewis sent Ochocinco funny text message after skateboarding mishap

    Larry Brown Sports "Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) got a funny text message from his former coach after a skateboarding mishap. Ochocinco tweeted on Friday that he had just fallen off his skateboard while attempting a trick. Video later surfaced of his wipeout. Ochocinco did note one silver lining to the..." November 18

  • Vontaze Burfict claims refs are provoking him into bad behavior

    Sporting News "Vontaze Burfict’s reputation proceeds him, and according to the Bengals linebacker, that’s why he’s being unfairly targeted by game officials. It’s not so much that the officials are throwing an inordinate number of flags his way, it’s that they are provoking him into reacting in a certain..." November 17

  • Bengals' Burfict avoids fine for making contact with official

    Pro Football Talk "We knew earlier in the week Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was not going to be suspended for making contact with an official last week. But according to Katherine Terrell of, he wasn’t even fined for the move. The contact in question didn’t reach the level of the Marshawn Lynch..." November 17

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Could Marvin Lewis end up in Cleveland?

    247 Sports "Some around the NFL have speculated that Hue Jackson could end up back in Cincinnati under Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. There is no reason to believe that Lewis will be around to see that happen. The coach's contract expires at the end of the season. Owner Mike Brown could finally make a..." November 16

  • Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on John Ross: 'Let his teammates down'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Bengals first-round pick John Ross played six snaps on Sunday against Tennessee. That runs his total for the season up to 17. One of those plays stuck in the mind of Marvin Lewis when he was asked about Ross’ progress during Wednesday’s press conference. He didn’t hold back in calling the..." November 16

  • Marvin Lewis hits out at John Ross for bad route-running

    Larry Brown Sports "Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver John Ross still hasn’t caught a pass this season — and coach Marvin Lewis has little sympathy for him. The No. 9 overall pick in last year’s draft was singled out by Lewis for slowing up on a deep ball thrown his way last week by quarterback Andy Dalton,..." November 15

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • Bengals sign Brian Hill off Falcons practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals placed running back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve over the weekend and they made a move on Tuesday to add another player to the backfield. They also saved a little money because they won’t need to print up another nameplate for the depth chart. They announced that they have signed..." November 14

  • Bengals player: Refs have cursed at Vontaze Burfict multiple times

    ESPN "Officials have provoked Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict at least three times in the past month, according to a teammate who came to Burfict's defense Monday. The Bengals player said he has heard officials cursing at Burfict on multiple occasions, and there is video that shows..." November 14

  • Marvin Lewis: Jeremy Hill could have waited until after the season to have surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals running back Jeremy Hill is having season-ending ankle surgery for an injury that coach Marvin Lewis says didn’t have to end Hill’s season. Lewis said on Monday that two doctors agreed that Hill could have played the rest of the season on his ankle and had surgery after the season, but..." November 14

  • Marvin Lewis on Vontaze Burfict: “He has to understand”

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict‘s latest brush with the on-field law may or may not result in a suspension. But his coach isn’t thrilled with the actions which led to Burfict’s first career ejection. Burfict didn’t talk to reporters after the game, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he’s..." November 13

  • Vontaze Burfict won’t be suspended

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict found himself back in hot water on the field Sunday when he was ejected from the team’s loss to the Titans for making contact with an official. PFT reported later on Sunday that the league would consider suspending Burfict, who has twice served three-game..." November 13

  • What Titans rookie Adoree' Jackson wants to tell 'Pacman' Jones in his return to Nashville

    Tennessean "Keynodo Hudson, then a defensive administration assistant at the University of Southern California, made the connection the instant Adoree’ Jackson arrived on campus. The size, the position, the dynamism in the open field. The similarities were striking. “He used to call me ‘Little Pacman,’”..." November 12

  • Adam Jones out with a concussion

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals are going to have to finish the game without another of their best defensive players. But they at least benefitted from one of the most peculiar rules in the sport. Cornerback Adam Jones has been ruled out with a concussion, joining the ejected linebacker Vontaze Burfict as..." November 12

  • All factors will be considered in determining Burfict discipline

    Pro Football Talk "On Sunday afternoon, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had his latest run-in with the rules, when he was run off the field for making contact with an official. Although he was ejected, the video suggests something far less egregious than the Marshawn Lynch shove-unshove of an official. It..." November 12

  • Cincinnati Bengals' linebacker Vontaze Burfict ejected vs. Tennessee Titans

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected at the 5 minute, 35-second mark of the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans for unsportsmanlike conduct after he made contact with an official. Burfict pled his case to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator..." November 12

  • Jeremy Hill placed on IR with ankle injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has been a major disappointment since his exciting rookie season in 2014, and things are not going to get any better for the former LSU star as he heads toward free agency. Hill has been battling an ankle injury that forced him to sit out in Week 9,..." November 11

  • Jeremy Hill out against Titans

    Fanrag Sports "The Cincinnati Bengals have ruled out Jeremy Hill for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. The veteran running back has been kept out of practice all week due to an ankle injury. Hill has started all seven of the games he’s appeared in, but has only received 37 carries to the tune of 116..." November 10

  • NFL does not fine Jalen Ramsey for fight with A.J. Green

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals receiver A.J. Green got a whopping $42,000 in fines for his actions on Sunday, but the player Green fought wasn’t fined at all. The NFL decided not to fine Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was ejected along with Green after the two of them went at it on Sunday. That’s a..." November 10

  • John Ross says he can still contribute despite woes

    Clutch Points "Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross entered the National Football League with a ton of hype. After running one of the fastest 40-yard dashes in Scouting Combine history, people projected him to be a solid player when hitting the league. People, from experts to fans, apparently didn’t..." November 09

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • A.J. Green won’t appeal his fine for ejection

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was not suspended by the league as a result of his actions in last Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, but he has been fined. Green told reporters on Thursday that he was fined $42,000 by the league. The NFL’s fine schedule calls for a $30,387 minimum fine for a..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Jalen Ramsey: I told A.J. Green he’s soft and weak, which is true

    Pro Football Talk "Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey acknowledges he said things that got under Bengals receiver A.J. Green‘s skin before both were ejected for fighting on Sunday. But Ramsey said all he told Green was an accurate assessment of what kind of player he is. Ramsey said today that he wasn’t saying..." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • NFLPA president Eric Winston has a job again "Eric Winston is back in Cincinnati. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that the veteran offensive tackle re-signed with the Bengals on a one-year deal after the team released him in September. The club later confirmed the signing. Winston was added to make up for the loss of right tackle..." November 08

  • Bengals’ A.J. Green not suspended for fighting Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey

    Cincinnati Enquirer "A.J. Green stood at his locker Sunday afternoon, knowing full well what was coming. “Whatever my punishment is, I accept it,” he said. “I put myself in that situation.” On Monday, the National Football League did not hand down a punishment in the form of a suspension for the Cincinnati..." November 06

  • Sashi Brown denies he sabotaged AJ McCarron trade

    Pro Football Talk "Browns Executive Vice President Sashi Brown is denying talk that he purposely sabotaged the team’s attempt to acquire quarterback AJ McCarron in a trade with the Bengals. The proposed trade fell through just before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, leading to some speculation that Brown purposely..." November 06

  • A.J. Green apologizes for punching Jalen Ramsey, says CB was taking cheap shots

    CBS Sports "If you heard that a Bengals player put an opponent in a headlock, took him to the ground and then starting punching him in the helmet, you'd probably have a few guesses as to who the culprit was. One name that wouldn't ever enter your mind: A.J. Green. Yet during the first half of Sunday's..." November 06

  • Report: Jalen Ramsey tried to confront AJ Green in locker room

    Larry Brown Sports "Jalen Ramsey was so heated after his ejection during Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals that he tried to confront A.J. Green by the locker room, according to a report. Ramsey and Green were both ejected before halftime for fighting. The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback instigated by..." November 06

  • Bengals’ John Ross a healthy scratch as disappointing rookie season continues

    Pro Football Talk "The fastest man in the NFL can’t show off his speed on the sidelines, and that’s where he’ll be today. Bengals rookie receiver John Ross, whom Cincinnati selected with the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft in part because of his record-setting 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting..." November 05

  • Could Bengals look to trade Andy Dalton, keep AJ McCarron?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Bengals came close to trading A.J. McCarron before last week’s deadline, but the deal fell through either because of incompetence, unwillingness, or both from the Browns. Cincinnati could explore moving McCarron again in the offseason, but what if they decided to hand him the reigns..." November 05

  • A.J. Green, Jalen Ramsey ejected for fighting in Bengals-Jags game

    ESPN "Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey were ejected just before halftime of Sunday's game at EverBank Field after getting into a brawl. Ramsey and Green had been trash-talking throughout the first half, and things came to a head after a running play with..." November 05

  • AJ McCarron Reportedly Files Grievance to Be 2018 UFA

    Bleacher Report "Quarterback AJ McCarron has reportedly filed a grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals in hopes of becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "McCarron's grievance dates to his rookie season in 2014, when the Bengals drafted him in the fifth round. McCarron..." November 05

  • Bengals sign Marshall Koehn, waive Derron Smith

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals signed kicker Marshall Koehn. They waived safety Derron Smith in a corresponding move. Kicker Randy Bullock strained his back Monday, prompting the Bengals to sign Koehn as insurance. Koehn, a first-year player, originally signed with the Dolphins as a college free agent out of..." November 04

  • Vontaze Burfict: Leonard Fournette can beat us, Blake Bortles can’t

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther understands what the tape says about his group. The defense ranks third in the league in yards allowed per pass play, but 11th against the run. Guenther also knows very well this three-game road trip kicking off Sunday in Jacksonville determines..." November 04

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • Browns Ownership Went “Nuclear” On Front Office Following Failed A.J. McCarron Trade

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Browns owner Dee Haslam went “nuclear” on the front office after the team’s failed attempt to trade for Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron. The Browns have been doing damage control the past 24 hours after reports mentioned that they bungled the..." November 02

  • A.J. McCarron Fighting For Unrestricted Free Agent Status

    Pro Football Rumors "Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron found himself in the news this week when an oversight from the Browns prevented him from getting traded to Cleveland. But, he may have an opportunity to leave Cincinnati and join up with any team he chooses this spring. The NFLPA is fighting to change his status..." November 01