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Bengals offseason rosterology: Defensive backs
Bengals writer Paul Dehner continues his position-by-position analysis by taking a look at defensive backs.

Bengals offseason rosterology: Special teams
Bengals writer Paul Dehner concludes his position-by-position analysis heading into free agency and May's draft by taking a look at special teams.

Michael Johnson Contacted By Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman
The Minnesota Vikings have reached out to Cincinnati Bengals' defensive end Michael Johnson, according to numerous sources.

2014 NFL free agency rumors: Michael Johnson top target for Minnesota Vikings | Audibles -
The NFL free agency period does not begin until next Tuesday, but that hasn't stopped the rampant rumors and speculation from beginning to swirl. One of the most coveted players on the market will be pass-rushing specialist Michael Johnson, who could be poised to bolt the Cincinnati Bengals for a new home.

Report: Bucs making 'hard push' for Cincy DE Johnson | Tampa Bay Times
The first 24 hours of the NFL's free agency contact period have come and gone quietly, with teams and agents hesitant to say much about where the biggest interest is, knowing contracts can't be signed until Tuesday afternoon.

Why I Retired At 26 | Rashard Mendenhall
I've greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as ...

Titans will commence efforts to trade Chris Johnson | ProFootballTalk

With the Titans unwilling to pay running back Chris Johnson $8 million in 2014 and Johnson unwilling to take less, the Titans will be moving on. Before they do, they'll try to get value in return for the man they selected in the first-round of the 2008 draft, and to whom they've paid $30 million in the last 3 years.

Ravens still talking with Eugene Monroe, hopeful deal can be reached, sources say -

The Ravens have maintained dialogue with offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and there's still optimism contract could still get hammered out, according to league sources.