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Geoff Hobson writes that Greg Ellis was "supposedly seeking" a three-year deal worth $15 million. Instead, the Bengals are far more concerned with having a "return on the investments" with existing expensive veteran "pass rushers".

There's a lot of talk lately of wide receivers moving around in the AFC North. All of it conjecture. Brandon Marshall is looking to be traded and the "rumor mill" on PFT writes that "we’re hearing rumblings of Brandon possibly being traded to the Browns" which would put into question Braylon Edwards. What happens to Marshall could affect the division. Either way, this isn't the quiet part of the offseason for Denver.

Quotes by defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer:

"I think so. It looks like it," said Zimmer when asked if he has more rushers at his disposal. "(Last year) we blitzed, but we were vanilla. Now if we can take it to the next step ... maybe we show this blitz and then blitz out of something else. That's kind of the next step in the progression."

"Our depth is a lot better than it was; a lot of the guys getting to play last year have helped," Zimmer said. "The biggest thing you notice is we don't have a whole bunch of glaring weaknesses. Linebackers, ends, safeties are probably our three deepest positions. I don't know if anything has surprised me (in the last month), but I know we're playing better in the red zone and we have better communication."

Shayne Graham will kickoff his second annual "Shayne Graham Celebrity Race-Off" on Friday, July 24 at the Motorsports Country Club of Cincinnati. This benefits the Shayne Graham Foundation. That's after Graham hosts the Kickoff Wine Tasting and Celebration.

Chris is optimistic.

For those of you that want to know, the Bengals have an overall rating of 67 in Madden 2010. Some of us have a lot of work to do on August 14.

I still haven't seen it, but Joe Buck Live didn't go as well as Joe Buck had hoped.