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

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Are the Bengals worse after this offseason? - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
The question -- did their offseason moves make the Cincinnati Bengals worse? -- is one I've received often in the past month, particularly from passionate fans. They are concerned about the timing of the team's extensions and re-signings, the losses of Michael Johnson, Anthony Collins, Andrew Hawkins and Mike Zimmer, and the lack of big-name free-agent additions.

Jackson: 'Time to be great'

He’s thrilled with the two players that have been the faces of the Bengals’ run to three straight playoffs, but like everyone else on offense, he says three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton have to get better. “They’ve been good, now it’s time to be great,” Jackson said.

AJ McCarron signs contract with Cincinnati Bengals -

The team on Thursday announced the signing of rookie AJ McCarron, the former Alabama quarterback selected in the fifth round of this month's draft.

Bengals offseason wrap-up - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN

With free agency and the NFL draft in the rearview mirror and training camp just a couple of months away, we assess the Cincinnati Bengals' offseason moves.

Cincinnati Bengals sign fourth-round pick Russell Bodine - ESPN

Another Cincinnati Bengals rookie was officially added to the fold Friday when center Russell Bodine signed his contract.

Johnny Manziel To Sue Over Lawsuit Hoax? - DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings
The woman named as the plaintiff in the lawsuit, HLN contributor Samantha Schacher, said via Twitter that the civil complaint filed in a Florida federal court is indeed a hoax.  She claims that the person who filed the lawsuit is named Jonathan Lee Riches, who has a history of filing lawsuits.  To say the least.

Colts owner Jim Irsay formally charged in relation to March arrest
Irsay has been charged with one count of operating while intoxicated, a C misdemeanor and one count of operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substances or its metabolite in the body, also a C misdemeanor. The substances were oxycodone and/or hydrocodone, according to FOX59.

Ray Rice suspension matter of when and how much, not if | ProFootballTalk
Regardless of what did, or didn't, happen during Ray Rice's press-conference-that-wasn't, the NFL eventually will take action against the Ravens running back, who has entered a diversion program to resolve charges of aggravated assault against his former fianceé, who's now his wife.