Bengals Rumors & News

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict’s Four-Game Suspension Upheld

    NFL Trade Rumors "The NFL announced Thursday that Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict’s four-game suspension for violating the Performance-Enhancing Drug policy has been upheld following an unsuccessful appeal. Burfict’s appeal centered around the fact that he was on prescribed medication for the concussion he suffered..." April 12

  • Bengals don't bungle message to Eric Reid, protestors: No kneeling, or else

    Sporting News "Eric Reid's visit to the Bengals, which broke his freeze-out in NFL free agency, went sideways even faster than most would have expected. Pro Football Talk’s Wednesday morning report on the warp-speed collapse of the interview paints a picture of a signing that was never even close to..." April 12

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Report: Bengals owner plans to prohibit national anthem protests

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has gotten most of the attention this offseason for his strong stance against national anthem protests, but at least one of his fellow owners apparently feels just as strongly about the issue. Free agent safety Eric Reid visited with the Cincinnati Bengals on..." April 11

  • Bengals Hosting S Eric Reid For Visit, “Real Chance” He Signs

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bengals are scheduled to host free agent S Eric Reid for a visit at some point in the near future. According to Rapoport, Reid has been “methodical” about his free agency plans this offseason and he believes there’s a “real chance” he signs with the..." April 09

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • How the Cordy Glenn trade to the Bengals happened

    Buffalo News "The Bills traded offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals officially on the day the new league year began on March 14. Reports of the trade had been confirmed days earlier. But when and how did the Glenn trade come together? According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, talks began in..." April 02

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Bengals A.J. Green calls Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors ‘stupid’

    Clutch Points "In the last few weeks, New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has become the center of trade talk around the league. This has created much uncertainty around his long-term future with the organization heading into the final year of his deal. These trade rumors have stemmed from..." April 02

  • Marvin Lewis stands by John Ross despite dreadful rookie year

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals made wide receiver John Ross the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft, and he had about as bad a rookie season as possible: He never caught a pass, and the only time he touched the ball, on a running play, he fumbled. But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis denies he has any issues with..." April 01

  • Bengals have no intention of releasing LB Vontaze Burfict

    Sportsnaut "The Cincinnati Bengals might very well decide at some point that former Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict is not worth the headache. Already seen as one of the dirtier players in the NFL, Burfict will start his third consecutive season under suspension. Only this time, he’s banned four games..." March 31

  • Bengals in no hurry to extend Andy Dalton

    Pro Football Talk "Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will not be getting a new contract any time soon. Although quarterback salaries have taken off since the Bengals signed Dalton to a long-term extension in 2014, Bengals Vice President Troy Blackburn says the Bengals don’t think they need to re-do the..." March 30

  • Why the Cincinnati Bengals are sticking by Vontaze Burfict

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In an offseason otherwise full of positives for the Bengals personnel staff, the four-game suspension levied against Vontaze Burfict for performance-enhancing drugs served as a rain cloud blocking the sun. This was nothing new, of course. This marked the third consecutive season Burfict would..." March 30

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Marvin Lewis prepared to be without Vontaze Burfict for first four games

    USA Today "When it was revealed on March 16 that Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was facing a four-game suspension by the National Football League for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy, it was old news for the organization. Burfict tested positive before the season ended on..." March 21

  • Ex-NFLers say league is trying to ‘rig’ concussion settlement, dementia claims are going unpaid

    New York Daily News "Victims of NFL concussions are tired of waiting for their money. Frustrated that their clients aren't getting paid fast enough, lawyers for players entitled to a share of the league's billion-dollar class-action concussion settlement said the NFL needs help finding its wallet. Specifically,..." March 21

  • West Coast teams want NFL rule limiting early kickoffs

    Pro Football Talk "Teams that play in the Pacific time zone are tired of early kickoffs on the East Coast (and even earlier kickoffs in London), and they want the NFL to limit them. Toward that end, the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals have proposed a rule to be discussed at next week’s league meeting that would..." March 20

  • Spring league Alliance of American Football to launch in 2019 on CBS

    CBS Sports "The XFL, the controversial football league founded by Vince McMahon in 1999 that lasted just one season, is set to return in 2020. But it won't be the only new professional football league -- or even the first to begin play. Charlie Ebersol -- the son of NBC executive Dick Ebersol, McMahon's..." March 20

  • NFL VP Troy Vincent confirms changes to NFL catch rule

    ESPN "The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington..." March 20

  • Proposed rule could allow officials at NFL office to eject players after instant replay

    Sporting News "Egregious “non-football acts" could be subject for ejection next season even if referees don't call for expulsion on the field. Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, told USA Today Sports on Monday that the league’s competition committee will propose a rule allowing..." March 20

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster: Vontaze Burfict PED excuse “can’t be serious”

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict faces a four-game suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy and reportedly plans to argue that the positive test came from using medications prescribed following a concussion and/or a shoulder injury last December. Burfict suffered the..." March 18

  • Are the Cincinnati Bengals done in free agency?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Bengals had a good week. Almost. Prior to the final moments of the Friday news dump when Vontaze Burfict suspension news made its annual pilgrimage into the Bengals' news cycle, the team couldn't have drawn up a much better free agency opening. This offseason was always going to be..." March 18

  • QB Matt Barkley signs two-year deal with Bengals

    ESPN "Quarterback Matt Barkley has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, he announced on his Twitter account Saturday. According to team's website, it's a two-year deal for Barkley, who will serve as the backup to starter Andy Dalton. Barkley, 27, was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the..." March 17

  • Iloka defends unpopular Cincinnati chili stance

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka insists that the city is obsessed with bad chili, and don't try to convince him otherwise. It's not the first time Iloka has been critical of Cincinnati chili - Skyline, Gold Star or otherwise - and in a Twitter exchange Thursday also involving The..." March 16

  • Vontaze Burfict’s defense likely doesn’t hold water

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who previously has been suspended for pretty much everything but violating the PED policy, now faces a PED violation. And his camp has leaked a self-serving excuse to ESPN that, as articulated, holds less water than a hula hoop. Adam Schefter of ESPN passes..." March 16

  • Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict facing 4-game suspension

    NFL.com "Vontaze Burfict is in trouble again. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources. ESPN first reported the news." March 16

  • Bengals land linebacker Preston Brown

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati native and Buffalo Bills linebacker Preston Brown hoped he had done enough playing under first-year head coach Sean McDermott to warrant a new, long-term deal with the team that drafted him in the third round out of Louisville in 2014. But after a few days exploring his options on the..." March 16

  • Bengals To Re-Sign Tyler Eifert

    Pro Football Rumors "Tyler Eifert will not be leaving Cincinnati. Instead, the Bengals will hang onto him via one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Injuries have limited Eifert for much of his career, but when he’s been available, he’s been one of the NFL’s top red zone threats. The Bengals appear to be..." March 15

  • Cincinnati Bengals re-sign punter Kevin Huber

    Cincinnati Enquirer "A year after sparking some degree of controversy by drafting a placekicker only to release him, the Cincinnati Bengals avoided that scenario with their punting unit by re-signing veteran Kevin Huber to a three-year deal. The Bengals beat out a strong push from the Chicago Bears to lure the..." March 14

  • Raiders eyeing trade for Vontaze Burfict

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent signings aplenty will happen on Wednesday, and there may be a handful of trades along the way. According to Chris Renkel of CBS 42, that’s exactly what the Oakland Raiders may do, as they’re reportedly working on a trade that would land linebacker Vontaze Burfict from the Cincinnati..." March 14

  • Patriots Have Reportedly Made Contract Offer To QB A.J. McCarron

    NFL Trade Rumors "Kirk Minihane of WEEI reports that the Patriots have made a contract offer to free agent QB A.J. McCarron. The only other reported interest in McCarron up to this point has come from the Cardinals before they agreed to sign Mike Glennon. McCarron, 27, is a former fifth-round pick of the..." March 14

  • AJ McCarron could be out of luck

    Pro Football Talk "In a league typically without enough bad quarterbacks to go around, there’s an unprecedented abundance of plausibly talented options in 2018. Even with multiple starting-caliber rookies in the draft pool, the pre-free agency period has resulted in too many asses, not enough seats. The primary..." March 13

  • Bills Trading LT Cordy Glenn To Bengals

    NFL Trade Rumors "Josina Anderson reports that the Bills are trading LT Cordy Glenn to the Bengals on Monday. There has been increasing buzz over the past few days that the Bills were open to moving Glenn in a deal and there’s no question that the Bengals could use a solid left tackle. Glenn, 28, is a former..." March 12

  • A.J. McCarron Possible Broncos Backup Plan?

    Pro Football Rumors "A Kirk Cousins-to-Denver path has lost some steam over the past week or so, and although nothing’s been decided yet, the Broncos appear to have multiple contingency plans. Having been linked to Case Keenum throughout the offseason, the Broncos may now have A.J. McCarron on their radar. McCarron..." March 12

  • The NFL-ESPN relationship is even more strained than we realized

    Awful Announcing "It’s no secret that this past NFL season has led to plenty of discontent evident between the NFL and ESPN, a major broadcast partner. Now we have a better idea of just how fractious the relationship is. Using the occasion of Jimmy Pitaro being named ESPN’s new president to set the table, John..." March 12

  • Joe Mixon rallying Sammy Watkins to sign with Bengals

    Larry Brown Sports "A number of teams are expected to show interest in Sammy Watkins when free agency begins next week, but one player is already making the most enthusiastic pitch to the star wide receiver. When the Los Angeles Rams chose not to use the franchise tag on Watkins earlier in the week, Cincinnati..." March 09

  • Bengals' release veteran CB Adam Jones

    Sportsnaut "The Cincinnati Bengals might very well be on the verge of moving on from one of their talented but troubled veterans. This report notes that Cincinnati has decided against picking up the 2018 option for cornerback Adam Jones, effectively releasing him on to the free agent market. This moves..." March 09

  • Charges against Bengals WR Tyler Boyd dismissed

    ESPN "Drug charges against Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd were dismissed in a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Boyd, 23, was charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after his vehicle was wrecked in Pittsburgh in July. Both charges were dropped. He was..." March 08