Bengals Rumors & News

  • Alex Van Pelt on Andy Dalton: He can be elite

    Pro Football Talk "Aaron Rodgers wasn’t happy to see quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt leave the Packers this offseason and Van Pelt said it was “nice of him to acknowledge that” during an interview with the Bengals website this week. Van Pelt was being interviewed because he is now the quarterbacks coach for the..." February 22

  • 15 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy. In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also..." February 21

  • Fox is reportedly pushing for a stronger TNF schedule, might move some Sunday matchups to Thursday

    Awful Announcing "Whether Fox’s move to acquire rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five years at an estimated rate of $550 million per year is a good one or not may have a whole lot to do with how good the schedule is. TNF has taken a lot of criticism over the past few years for a weaker schedule than..." February 20

  • NFL Rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 20

  • Jets reportedly rejected an AJ McCarron trade last year; may be fallback option now

    CBS Sports "The quarterback market is going to be wild when free agency opens and there are going to be a number of different teams chasing Kirk Cousins, including the Jets, who are reportedly willing to pay "whatever it takes" to land the would-be franchise quarterback. If that doesn't work out, though, New..." February 19

  • Vikings expected to consider QB AJ McCarron

    Twin Cities "It looks like a new quarterback is about to enter the mix Vikings’ quarterback mix. Should Minnesota be unable to re-sign free agent Case Keenum, it is expected to consider AJ McCarron. McCarron, 27, on Thursday was ruled an unrestricted free agent after winning a grievance against the..." February 18

  • What does the AJ McCarron decision mean for the team?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "AJ McCarron is celebrating. His career in Cincinnati is over. The Bengals will send him off, take their 2019 compensatory draft pick for him, and perhaps take a look at the current draft class and the veteran free agent market a little more closely. McCarron’s biggest value to the Bengals..." February 18

  • Money can buy A.J. McCarron but not long-term happiness at QB for the Browns

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The price tag on A.J. McCarron is dollars now, not draft picks. That makes the idea of acquiring him more palatable as long as it has no measurable effect on the Browns' draft strategy. McCarron's availability, delivered by an arbitrator in a ruling Thursday, puts him in the company of other..." February 17

  • A.J. McCarron will get paid more this year than Andy Dalton

    Pro Football Talk "Some would say that the Bengals, now faced with A.J. McCarron becoming an unrestricted free agent, should choose McCarron over Andy Dalton. Apart from the team’s assessment of the two guys as players, there’s an important factor that is even more important to the Bengals, given that they are..." February 16

  • Browns & Vikings Teams To Watch For QB A.J. McCarron?

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Ian Rapoport, the Browns and Vikings are two teams to watch for free agent QB A.J. McCarron next month. McCarron officially won his grievance against the Bengals on Thursday and will now be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Regarding the Browns, Cleveland nearly..." February 16

  • Bengals Won’t Face Penalty Over McCarron

    Pro Football Rumors "On Thursday, Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron scored two victories against his employer. The most notable, of course, is that he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The other W came in the way of restitution for the year he spent on the non-football injury (NFI) list. McCarron will..." February 16

  • AJ McCarron on impending free agency: We’re open to everything

    USA Today "AJ McCarron tried to stay busy Thursday. He got a workout in, working on his dropbacks and getting in some throws. He went to lunch with his cousin. Anything to stay out of the house as he anxiously waited to hear if he would be allowed to hit the free agent market in March, or if he would once..." February 15

  • AJ McCarron wins free agency grievance

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Bengals and now Hue Jackson will try to give him a chance to win on the football field. Jackson didn't get his man the first time around because of the botched trade attempt, but now he's got another chance. McCarron, the Bengals' backup quarterback,..." February 15

  • NFL free agency rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 14

  • Broncos may make a run at A.J. McCarron, if he’s an unrestricted free agent

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron will learn as soon as today whether he’ll be a restricted free agent or an unrestricted free agent in March. If it’s the latter, he could have a suitor in Colorado. Appearing on Wednesday’s PFT Live, Vic Lombardi if Altitude Sports Network said that the Broncos..." February 14

  • Report: Bengals sign tackle Bobby Hart

    Locked On Bengals "The Bengals signed an offensive lineman today! The team announced they agree to terms with Bobby Hart. Hart, drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, has played in 33 NFL games. He started 21 games in three seasons for the Giants. Hart played 522 snaps during the 2017 season, which..." February 14

  • NFL Rumors: Who will be most active teams in NFL Free Agency?

    Fanrag Sports "We’re roughly one month from the NFL‘s annual free-agent shopping spree, when — despite general managers’ best efforts to build rosters primarily through the draft — executives often cannot resist the temptation of landing splashy free agents. With Kirk Cousins, Ziggy Ansah, Le’Veon Bell and..." February 13

  • NFL Rumors: AJ McCarron could be a dark horse free agent

    Fanrag Sports "AJ McCarron was nearly freed from the captivity of his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. An agreed-upon trade would have shipped the Bengals’ backup quarterback to the Cleveland Browns for a second- and third-round draft pick, but of course, the Browns were too busy..." February 12

  • Bengals DT Josh Tupou Arrested For Violating Protection Order

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Bengals DT Josh Tupou was arrested last Thursday after being kicked out of a bar in Colorado for being “overly intoxicated. The arrest affidavit shows that Tupou was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order. Tupou..." February 06

  • Personnel moves the Cincinnati Bengals should make in 2018

    Cincinnati Enquirer "There are always improvements to make after a losing season, but the Cincinnati Bengals were two blown leads against Green Bay and Pittsburgh away from reaching the playoffs. That said, here are 10 personnel moves the team should consider making heading into 2018 if they hope to make the playoffs..." February 04

  • NFLPA: More concussion evaluations says we’re smarter about delivering care

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL announced last month that players were diagnosed with 281 concussions in 2017, which represented a new high since the league started tracking total concussions six years ago and was a number that NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills called a “disappointment.” During a press conference..." February 02

  • Jeremy Hill says goodbye to the Bengals in Twitter post

    Sportsnaut "Running back Jeremy Hill’s tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals has come to an end. As he prepares to hit free agency, Hill posted this farewell message to his Twitter account. Hill was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2014 draft. His first season was by far his most productive..." January 31

  • Report: Fox paying $550 million a year for Thursdays

    Pro Football Talk "Here’s why Thursday Night Football isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, the winning bid submitted by Fox for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package is worth $550 million a year. He also reports that the top Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck and..." January 31

  • The NFL Lost $30 Million In Ad Revenue Thanks To Plummeting TV Ratings in 2017

    Total Pro Sports "It has been an ongoing issue for two seasons now with the NFL losing viewers for various reasons. While many pointed to Colin Kaepernick and his stance to kneel during the National Anthem which caused hundreds of other players to follow suit, you’d also have to count in the fact that many people..." January 31

  • Fox reportedly near deal to win broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football

    Awful Announcing "Scott Soshnick and Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg report that Fox is close to a deal for the broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football. Fox’s Thursday Night Football bid is reportedly higher than the $45 million per game price ($450 million over 10 games) that CBS and NBC combined to pay last..." January 31

  • Roger Goodell: NFL is prepared for legalized gambling

    Sportsnaut "The NBA might very well be fully supportive of legalized sports gambling around the United States, but that doesn’t mean the NFL will fall in line. The league has consistently opposed any expansion of legalized sports gambling, something that’s not going to change any time soon. But NFL..." January 30

  • Roger Goodell 'concerned' about NFL catch rule

    NFL.com "The confounding catch rule is the bane of many football fans' existence. Count NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as one of those perturbed viewers fixated on simplifying and clarifying the rule this offseason. "I'm not just somewhat concerned. I am concerned," Goodell told FOX Sports' Colin..." January 29

  • How much do Super Bowl commercials cost in 2018?

    Sporting News "Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings since the 2016 season. The game will be the first Super Bowl hosted by Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI on Jan. 26, 1992. This year it's the Eagles vs. the Patriots, but..." January 29

  • NFL Pro Bowl ratings up 28% from last year

    247 Sports "The NFL's decision to move the Pro Bowl to an afternoon slot paid dividends when it comes to the game's ratings. A considerable amount of people tuned into watch this year's Pro Bowl than in 2017, as the league decided to kickoff their all-start game this past Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Pro Bowl..." January 29

  • Which quarterbacks will be released or traded?

    Sporting News "Free agency and quarterbacks normally are not words used together, but this year could be different, as a few passers should make their way to the open market. Here we look at some of the top quarterback free agents and players who could be released or traded in 2018. Kirk Cousins,..." January 29

  • How will Bengals' offensive line transform?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The new collection of Bengals coaches and scouts scattered across the grounds of Ladd-Peebles Stadium and gathered at restaurants inside this typically sleepy Southern town for their first public appearance since the largest overhaul of the staff under Marvin Lewis. It doesn’t take long for..." January 27

  • NFL ratings decline leads to an increase in makegoods, $300 million drop in ad revenue

    Awful Announcing "Whatever the reasons behind the NFL’s decline in ratings, and they’re likely myriad, it was always going to be tough for that big of a drop to not impact the bottom line. According to AdWeek, that’s exactly what happened: It didn’t happen until the final month of the regular season, but the..." January 26

  • Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is ready for another run

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Pitched forward, forearms on his knees, Marvin Lewis laughed behind dark sunglasses and underneath a black baseball hat. Andy Reid, seated to Lewis’ right, smiled with him. The two men are about to enter a combined 36th season as head coaches on NFL sidelines in 2018, Reid celebrating his 20th..." January 25

  • XFL 2.0: Vince McMahon’s company teases “major sports announcement”

    Pro Football Talk "Vince McMahon’s plans to give the XFL a second try appear closer than ever, with a “major sports announcement” set for today. Alpha Entertainment, the sports business McMahon funded by selling $100 million of WWE stock, today said it will have a major announcement at 3 p.m. Eastern. That..." January 25

  • Report: NFL could keep teams in locker room for anthem in 2018

    247 Sports "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and his teammates may have to find a different way to protest racial inequality in 2018. According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, the NFL plans to keep all players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem next season, which would the..." January 24

  • Pacman Jones: Marvin Lewis 'Saved My Life,' PUMPED He's Back with Bengals!

    TMZ "Pacman Jones is going to bat for Marvin Lewis on the heels of his head-scratching contract extension ... telling TMZ Sports he couldn't be happier about the Bengals coach getting 2 more years. Pacman wasn't kidding -- saying the team's struggles are the players' fault, 100%, and calling Lewis..." January 22

  • Bengals owner Mike Brown retained Marvin Lewis to provide 'continuity'

    ESPN "Bengals owner Mike Brown says the decision to bring Marvin Lewis back for a 16th season provides "continuity" despite a staff shakeup that saw defensive coordinator Paul Guenther leave, along with several other assistants. In separate interviews with Bengals.com and the Cincinnati Enquirer,..." January 20

  • Bengals owner Mike Brown: Late run made a difference

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Sitting in his office overlooking the Ohio River, Cincinnati Bengals owner and president Mike Brown took time on Friday to speak to The Enquirer in a lengthy interview about the decision to bring back head coach Marvin Lewis for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Enquirer:There was a real sense..." January 19

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • Bengals long snapper Clark Harris selected for Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers coaching staff selected Bengals long snapper Clark Harris to represent the AFC at that position. Unlike other positions, the long snappers are selected by the Pro Bowl coaching staffs. Harris announced his selection on Twitter and thanked the Steelers’ coaching staff for his first..." January 16

  • Bengals fans donating money to Bortles' charity for ending the Steelers' season

    CBS Sports "After watching Bills fans donate nearly $400,000 to the charity of Andy Dalton, Bengals fans have decided to pay it forward this week by donating money to the Blake Bortles Foundation. Why Bortles? Well, let's just say that it has everything to do with the fact that Jaguars eliminated the..." January 16

  • AJ McCarron: I wanted that opportunity to be traded to the Browns

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron was nearly traded to the Browns, but the trade fell through when the proper paperwork wasn’t sent to the league office before the trade deadline. McCarron now says he wanted to be traded because he thought he could have started and won games in Cleveland,..." January 16

  • Bengals Hire Alex Van Pelt As QB Coach

    Pro Football Rumors "Marvin Lewis continues to add new faces to his staff. The team has agreed to hire Alex Van Pelt to be their quarterbacks coach for next season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Van Pelt worked most recently in the same position for the Packers, but was not retained after his..." January 12

  • AJ McCarron reveals that he wanted to play for Hue Jackson

    247 Sports "The Cleveland Browns nearly completed a trade for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron at the NFL trade deadline. The Bengals have their side of the story. The Browns have their side of the story. The only thing that is certain is that McCarron was looking forward to a chance to start in..." January 12

  • Jon Kitna talking with Bengals about rejoining team as assistant, source says

    Sporting News "A former Bengals quarterback could be returning — as a coach. A source told Sporting News that Jon Kitna has interviewed for a position on head coach Marvin Lewis' staff. Although the exact role wasn’t immediately known, Kitna may be under consideration for the team's vacant quarterbacks..." January 09

  • Bengals hire Bob Bicknell as receivers coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals hired Bob Bicknell as wide receivers coach, the team announced Monday. Bicknell leaves Baylor University, where he served as receivers coach in 2017. The Bengals were in search for a new coach at the position after James Urban left to rejoin John Harbaugh and Marty Mornhinweg in..." January 08

  • Bengals To Hire Teryl Austin As DC

    Pro Football Rumors "The Bengals have made up their minds on a defensive coordinator. They will hire Teryl Austin, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets. Austin will take over Paul Guenther‘s post. Guenther is expected to become the Raiders’ DC. Although the Raiders were interested in Austin for a job alongside..." January 08

  • Bengals In Negotiations To Hire Teryl Austin As New Defensive Coordinator

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bengals are currently in negotiations with Lions DC Teryl Austin to become Cincinnati’s new defensive coordinator. According to Rapoport, no deal is done right now, but it’s headed that way. Rapoport later added that unless Austin ends up getting..." January 08

  • Packers, Bengals Interested In Vic Fangio

    Pro Football Rumors "Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is receiving head coaching consideration from Chicago — he interviewed for that position on January 3 — and he is also drawing plenty of interest as a defensive coordinator elsewhere. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, at least the Bengals and the Packers..." January 07