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Bengals Bites (3/8)

News and notes about the Cincinnati Bengals and the rest of the NFL.

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Bengals RFA value: Vincent Rey - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Now that the Cincinnati Bengals have placed tenders on all three of their restricted free agents, let's take a look at the value each player brings to the team.

Free-agency primer: Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
Key free agents: DE Michael Johnson, OT Anthony Collins, S Taylor Mays, S Chris Crocker, WR/KR/PR Brandon Tate, OG Mike Pollak.

Ten best free-agent bargains -
With free agency set to kick off March 11, there is plenty of talent flying under the radar. Golden Tate tops Around The League's list of 10 players who might outperform their market value.

Worst NFL Free Agent Signings - Photos -
The former first-round pick played five good seasons in St. Louis, even racking up 116 total tackles in 2002. In 2006, the Redskins made Archuleta the highest-paid safety in the league, gifting him with a six-year, $30 million contract. But Archuleta failed to live up to expectations in Washington and only started seven games. After one year, Washington traded Archuleta to Chicago, where the safety played one year before retiring.

Salary cap rise to $133 million shows how new CBA is working -
The news that the NFL salary cap will grow to $133 million next season shows that the deal struck between the owners and players in 2011 is working, Albert Breer reports.

Antonio Brown restructures contract, frees up nearly $4 million in cap space | ProFootballTalk
As the Steelers continue their now-annual game of salary-cap limbo, their 2011 and 2013 MVP has done the team a favor. The favor, of course, doesn't require much of a sacrifice.

Ben Tate is ready to prove he can be an elite running back in th - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston
Running back Ben Tate heads into free agency as the top running back on the market. Multiple national outlets, like Yahoo Sports, and Pro Football Talk all consider Tate the best free agent running back in 2014.

Keith Bulluck: Titans RB Chris Johnson is a 'me' person as an athlete - ESPN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I wrote earlier Thursday that Chris Johnson should have been to the Tennessee Titans facility to meet Ken Whisenhunt by now and to make his case for staying.

Matt Cassel re-ups with the Vikings for two more years | ProFootballTalk
With Chad Henne breaking the seal on the backup-quarterbacks-for-teams-that-need-starters market today, it's fair game for the rest of them. Thus, the Vikings have held onto Matt Cassel, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports Cassel has agreed to a new two-year deal.