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Reports are surfacing that the Steelers have come to terms with their first round pick, Lawrence Timmons, with a five-year, $15 million deal -- $8,053,000 in guarantee money. That's three draft picks away from the Bengals 18th pick, Leon Hall.

Compared to other NFL teams, the Bengals are starting their training camp late. Rookies and veterans report on the same date, July, 27th. Most teams have their rookies reporting well earlier than the Bengals. The Chiefs, on the 19th, brought their rookies in. Only three other teams started training camp for their rookies as late as Cincinnati -- Baltimore, Washington, Indianapolis. Only one team is bringing in their veterans later than the 27th; the Philadelphia Eagles on the 28th.

Living in the Midwest, sometimes I really don't appreciate Flyover country. It's truly the best part of this country. ESPN sets up the stage for training camp.

What Len Pasquarelli says: Want to witness an awesome sight (beyond Carson Palmer throwing effortless 50-yard bombs to Chad Johnson)? Fly into Lexington, Ky. – which is only about a 30-minute drive from the Bengals' camp at Georgetown College – and make sure you've got a window seat on the plane. The approach to the airport brings you in over the lush greenery and white fences of some of Kentucky's most famous horse farms. Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park is a great place to visit, as is storied Rupp Arena, and you can hit those venues during the day and still get to one of the Bengals' many evening practices.

What to do besides training camp: Since 1997, the Bengals have held their training camp at this beautiful location, with practices taking place at the college's athletic complex. Just 5 miles away is the world famous Kentucky Horse Park, an educational theme park that hosts some of the nation's most prestigious horse shows and events. Ward Hall, located a mile from downtown Georgetown, is referred to as the finest example of Greek Revival Architecture in the South. A fascinating stop is Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, which features a visitor center and offers tours of the facility.

John Busing is ready to step up this year competing for a spot at a very crowded position. With Kevin Kaesviharn's departure, the competition will be fierce for that #3 safety spot. So far, it's Busing, Herana-Daze Jones, Marvin White and Chinedum Ndukwe. Last year, the Bengals kept five safeties -- which means, there could be two odd men out.

Former Browns and Kentucky Wildcats Quarterback, Tim Brown, announced that he's ready to return to the NFL. And of course, now would be the best time to announce something like that. Think about it. Now, teams will see what they have at quarterback and training camp is surely to produce injury. If no teams pick him up, then he's officially retiring.