Links and Notes: July 23, 2013

Joe Robbins

Taking a look at some of the Bengals stories and other stories around sports.

+ Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer with the breakdown on how Travelle Wharton's release impacts the Cincinnati Bengals salary cap.

"The release ends up carrying cap savings of $1.975 million this season. Wharton, who had the ninth highest cap number before the release at $3.375 million, had a base salary this season of $2.675 million but there is a $500,000 prorated signing bonus and $200,000 workout bonus that count this season. There will also be another $500,000 prorated signing bonus that counts next year. The Bengals, who are three under the training camp roster limit of 90 players, have $17.669 million in cap space going into camp."

+ How gay are the Cincinnati Bengals? According to the OutSports.com Power Rankings, the Bengals are 20th.

+ Don't forget to vote for Geno Atkins as Cincinnati's best defensive tackle since Super Bowl XXIII. Your fandom makes it extremely uncomfortable for you going with anyone else. We'll vote for the second-best tackle later this afternoon.

+ The Enquirer is "excited" to bring you the new Bengals app for your iPad. What happens to those of us that were smart enough to get a tablet with an Android-based OS?

+ Could safety George Iloka be the dark-horse starter opposite Reggie Nelson?

The 6-4, 225-pound Iloka, another one of Cincinnati's giant safeties, had an eye-opening spring following last season's seven-game apprenticeship on special teams. After taking notes from veterans Chris Crocker and Nate Clements, Iloka committed to committing to the playbook to memory this offseason with tutors Mark Carrier, the Bengals secondary coach, and Adam Zimmer, Carrier's new assistant.

We'll have more on this today.

+ Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is appealing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. According to the Denver Post, Miller tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines... in 2011. He claims not to have done anything wrong.

+ Aaron Rodgers said in February that he'd bet his salary that Ryan Braun was clean when allegations of PED usage was being directed as the Milwaukee Brewer outfielder. Yesterday Braun was suspended for the rest of the season (65 games), electing not to appeal the suspension. Many within the media are writing that Rodgers regrets tweeting that.

Here's where this story matters...........

In other steroids in baseball news today, Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez will likely face a suspension as well.

+ Retired linebacker Brian Urlacher said that the Bears "better not win the championships without me, because then I'll be really pissed." Urlacher retired after was an insulting one-year offer worth $2 million, which he described as a "slap in the face." So the divorce between Urlacher and the Bears is a bit contentious. Mike Ditka offered words of advice for Urlacher.

My advice would be to put it behind you. Brian has been such a great player for the Bears and an ambassador for the team. Not many guys get to play 13 years for the same team. Usually, when you change GMs and a new regime comes in, they’re going to make tough decisions. Mr. Emery decided that Brian wouldn’t be part of the plan. There’s nothing you can do about it. You know, the game of football was very good to Brian, but it owes him nothing now. You just have to move on.

+ Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata looked good during conditioning tests this week, according to head coach John Harbaugh. The concern, writes Baltimore Beatdown, was that Ngata was a candidate for PUP this year after suffering an MCL sprain during the Super Bowl earlier this year.

+ A training camp position battle between Jonathan Dwyer and Issac Redman could doom the loser. And Dwyer looks especially good. But don't expect rookie Le'Veon Bell to have much success.

+ Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters on Tuesday that running back Trent Richardson reported early to training camp with the rookies (who report earlier than the veterans) and has been full go.

+ Fox Sports 1, the new Fox Sports national sports channel that's taking on ESPN, will introduce a new college football show that will compete against ESPN's College GameDay show Saturday mornings.

Host Erin Andrews and analyst Eddie George will return to Fox's college football coverage for a second consecutive season; they hosted the network's primetime pregame show last year. Dropped from the show is analyst Joey Harrington, as he will move from the studio over to game coverage with play-by-play man Craig Bolerjack.

Sources tell SB Nation that the entire FS1 studio lineup will feature Andrews hosting, with analysts George, Petros Papadakis, and Joel Klatt. Outkick the Coverage editor Clay Travis and NFL on Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira will also contribute to the show.

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