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Bengals Bites (2/11): News and links

Stories and notes regarding the Bengals and the NFL.

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Bengals rookie review: Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
With their rookie seasons now done, let's take a day-by-day look at the Cincinnati Bengals' first-year players and examine what went right and what went wrong

Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals likely to part ways -
Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson will hit the open market as a free agent, Ian Rapoport reports. Johnson is a long shot to return to Cincinnati.

Michael Johnson seen as unlikely to remain in Cincinnati | ProFootballTalk
The Bengals appear poised to say goodbye to defensive end Michael Johnson. Johnson played the 2013 season on the one-year franchise tender of $11.175 million, but he's unlikely to return in 2014, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Team-by-team look at who could be tagged | ProFootballTalk
Last year, only eight teams used the franchise tag, down from a record high of 21 the year before. It was a surprise -- until the free-agency market opened and the big money simply wasn't there. This year, conflicting opinions exist regarding the amount of money that will flow into the market.

DeMaurice Smith calls anonymous General Managers who criticize Michael Sam "gutless" | ProFootballTalk
On the heels of Michael Sam's decision to come out as gay, at least one unnamed General Manager boldly predicted Sam would be undrafted. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith had an even stronger assessment for any General Managers who say things about Sam without attaching their names to it.

Ryan Clark: Players will want to know what they can say to Michael Sam | ProFootballTalk
So what will happen when Michael Sam enters an NFL locker room? Steelers safety Ryan Clark has provided a candid assessment of the issues presented by an openly gay player during a visit via satellite to ESPN's SportsCenter.

Predicitions of draft day drop for Michael Sam | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, defensive end Michael Sam told the world the same thing he told his University of Missouri teammates before the season. Sam publicly announced that he is homosexual, putting the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year in position to be the first openly gay player in the NFL after May's d...