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- As per the roster list, newest Bengal, Anthony Wright, picks up #2.  The deal became official on Friday.

It is believed to be for the veteran minimum of $710,000 with a $40,000 signing bonus.
  • John Clayton reports that LaVar Arrington signed a  seven-year, $49 million contract with the New York Giants.  This deal kills any speculation that the veteran linebacker and head coach Marvin Lewis would come to an eventual agreement based off past history.
  • Lonnie Wheeler of the Post discusses the changed culture with the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Here's a couple of CBS Sportsline mock drafts:
Pete Prisco has the Bengals drafting Antonio Cromartie -- Cornerback, Florida State:
They had pass coverage issues last year and they would like an upgrade on the one corner opposite Deltha O'Neal. Cromartie has looked good bouncing back from an ACL injury last summer.

Clark Judge has the Bengals drafting Nick Mangold -- Center, Ohio State:

Rich Braham turns 36; time to find a successor.

I wonder if Judge knows the Bengals drafted Eric Ghiaciuc in 2005 as the eventual successor. However, being a Buckeye fan, a Mangold pick up is definitely entertaining.  But is a first round pick at Center with three on roster really needed at this point?

Dennis Dodd has the Bengals drafting Vernon Davis -- Tight End, Maryland:

College memories: Along with UCLA's Marcedes Lewis, considered the best overall tight end in college last year. Davis ran a remarkable 4.38 40 at the combine. Remarkable because he ran it at 254 pounds. Remarkable because it was reportedly the fastest time by a tight end in the history of the combine.

- Sports Illustrated's Michael Silver has a little fun taking active NFL stars and pretending they are the draft class.  Who would go where?  Of course, Tom Brady would be #1 but where do active Bengals fit in?

7. Oakland, Carson Palmer, QB -- "Forget the knee," Al Davis says. "Have you seen this kid's arm?" Moved by the sight of Palmer in a silver-and-black jersey, John Madden ditches NBC and returns to the sidelines.

11. St. Louis, Chad Johnson, WR -- Upon scoring his first touchdown at the Edward Jones Dome, Johnson whips out a blow-up replica of the Gateway Arch, inflates it in the end zone and affixes it to the goalpost while high-fiving Nelly and the rest of the St. Lunatics.

  • Going back to my OSU love, SI does a small expose on linebacker Bobby Carpenter.
  • Don Banks discusses how the modern NFL era (past 4-5 years specifically) have created a new priority picking up talented tight ends -- Bengals included.  (Sports Illustrated)