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Insiders: Cincinnati Bengals 'Sweetheart' Andy Dalton is third-tier QB - ESPN
As Andy Dalton and his agent attempt to convince the Cincinnati Bengals' front office that he's at minimum a second-tier quarterback, ESPN Insider Mike Sando published findings Wednesday of an anonymous poll featuring league coaches, general managers, scouts and players that reflects otherwise.

It's time the Cincinnati Bengals brace for a step back - ESPN

An 11-5 regular-season record. A division championship. A top-three playoff seeding. A top-three defense. A top-10 offense. Indeed, 2013 will forever be remembered as the year it all finally came together for a franchise that, believe it or not, long ago discarded its status as a perennial loser. Some outside southwest Ohio might have trouble comprehending it, but these really aren't the Bengals of old. This organization now not only thinks it belongs in the annual NFL playoff picture but also does well to prove it.

Joey Porter may be a future NFL head coach | ProFootballTalk

When Joey Porter was an NFL linebacker, he had a reputation as a hothead and a loudmouth. But now that Porter is NFL assistant coach in Pittsburgh, he may be something else: A head coach in waiting.

Browns TE Jordan Cameron changes Twitter bio to pass catcher | NFL News, Rumors and Opinions ... Powered by Tireball.com

After reports circulated that the New Orleans Saints were attempting to use Jimmy Graham’s bio against him in his franchise tag grievance, players such as Cameron are trying to relabel themselves as wide receivers.

T.J. Ward says he left Cleveland because of the culture

I think we all can agree that lately the Cleveland Browns have had a history of losing. The team hopes that Johnny Manziel will be the player to spark a change for the organization. For Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward, that just wasn’t good enough. Ward played four seasons for the Browns and thought he needed a change. Ward says he left for Denver because of their winning culture.

Patriots: Team owes Aaron Hernandez nothing

The New England Patriots don't owe "another penny" to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in three killings, a team lawyer told a judge Wednesday.