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So Andy Dalton makes the Pro-Bowl. Even a Dalton defender like myself thinks that this shows the lunacy of the Pro-Bowl.

Andy Dalton of Cincinnati Bengals named to Pro Bowl - ESPN
Andy Dalton is headed to the Pro Bowl. An injury to Aaron Rodgers allowed the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback to be named to this year's Pro Bowl teams as an alternate, the Bengals announced Tuesday. It will be the second time in his career Dalton has been named to a Pro Bowl team.

Report: Cincinnati Bengals block Vance Joseph from Denver Broncos - ESPN
The Cincinnati Bengals have blocked co-defensive backs coach Vance Joseph from leaving for a job with the Denver Broncos, according to a report from Fox Sports.

Bengals intern charged with stealing locker room items
Nicholas Brannon arrived this season as the latest college intern in the Cincinnati Bengals' athletic training department. He left indicted by the grand jury, charged with a felony and facing his day in court next week.

Five for Bengals to watch at Senior Bowl
The Bengals take the fresh memory of what fell short in the 2014 season and accompanying team needs to the first major event of the 2015 offseason this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

What does AFC title game blowout say about Cincinnati Bengals?
While watching the Indianapolis Colts get dismantled by the New England Patriots in Sunday night's AFC Championship Game, many Cincinnati Bengals fans probably pondered some variation of the question above.

Cincinnati Bengals free-agent breakdown: WR Brandon Tate
Free agency is right around the corner for the Cincinnati Bengals, who have 15 players with contracts that expire in March. ESPN's Coley Harvey reviews wide receiver Brandon Tate.

Bengals free-agent breakdown: TE Alex Smith
Free agency is right around the corner for the Cincinnati Bengals, who have 15 players with contracts that expire in March. ESPN's Coley Harvey reviews tight end Alex Smith. Honors:Special Teams Player of the Year
Adam Jones took the news that he is the Special Teams Player of the Year pretty well. The fiercely competitive Jones prides himself on not being just a returner. He’s an all-around player and, indeed, he defied logic by leading the NFL in kick returns while playing 70 percent of the snaps at cornerback. "I think I’m one of the best corners in the league," Jones says.


The Bell Tolls for the Pro Bowl
Le’Veon Bell has removed himself from the Pro Bowl after saying he believed he would be healthy enough to play in it. Saner ideas prevailed. He joins Ben Roethlisberger, who also took himself out. Thus, the fans should not fret the next time they feel a Steelers player was "snubbed" for Pro Bowl selection. The players do a good job of removing themselves from that game over the smallest aches and pains, and sometimes they do not even need that as an excuse. This is the third time Roethlisberger either bowed out or declined to go after other quarterbacks bowed out.

Rest of the NFL

This Fan-Shot Video Is The Best Way To Relive Jermaine Kearse's TD Catch
As far as in-stadium, fan-shot highlights go, this one is hard to top. It's shot from the best possible angle, it is crystal-clear in quality, and it features just enough of the Blair Witch-style screaming and shaking that makes this particular genre of highlight so enjoyable. If you're a Seahawks fan, just go ahead and spend the rest of the afternoon watching this.

Report: 11 of 12 Patriots-Supplied Footballs Were Underinflated
There has been two days worth of smoke surrounding Ballghazi, and now it looks like there might actually be a fire. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the NFL's investigation into whether the Patriots deflated footballs during Sunday's AFC Championship Game has found that 11 out of the 12 balls they supplied were underinflated by two pounds per square inch. It may not sound like much, but NFL rules state that all footballs must be filled to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch.

Front Office Insider: 3 things Winston can do to become No. 1 pick
The Senior Bowl kicks off this week, and the annual event held in Mobile, Alabama, marks one of the first steps in a four-month process in which prospects are observed and analyzed by NFL personnel in just about every way imaginable before the draft. Maybe none more so than Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Colts-Patriots deflated footballs lead NFL championship game questions
A look at what is known about the NFL’s probe into the potential use of deflated footballs in the Patriots-Colts game. Plus readers weigh in on the Packers-Seahawks game, including who is most to blame for Green Bay’s late collapse.

Many questions linger regarding "Deflategate" | ProFootballTalk
Last night's bombshell from Chris Mortensen of ESPN -- that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs from Sunday's AFC title game were underinflated by two pounds per square inch of pressure -- has pushed #Deflategate to new heights, causing many to presume that these measurements mean that the Patriots delibera...

How might Steelers maneuver under salary cap?
While some people concern themselves about whether footballs were deflated, most of the NFL front offices are entering the time of year when inflated salaries are the biggest worry. And that’s particularly true of a veteran team like the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Does Kubiak departure impact Daniels' future?
Does the departure of Gary Kubiak decrease the possibility that Ravens free agent tight end Owen Daniels will return?

Cleveland Browns interviewed Mike Martz, former Rams HC, for OC vacancy
Looking to enhance their passing game, the Browns have interviewed former Rams head coach Mike Martz for their offensive coordinator vacancy, a league source confirmed for Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Doc: NFL's popularity is waning? C'mon, man
It's seemingly coincidental that HBO's Real Sports is airing Tuesday a story about the 1985 Chicago Bears. Specifically, the dark, concussed side of that team's fame. Defensive back Dave Duerson is dead, owing likely to traumatic brain damage incurred while playing football. Quarterback Jim McMahon forgets things. The coach, Mike Ditka, says he wouldn't allow his 8-year-old to play the game. "And my whole life was football,'' Ditka tells Bryant Gumbel. "I think the risk is worse than the reward. I really do."

Bruce Arians thinks Carson Palmer will be ready for mandatory minicamp | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer tore his ACL in early November and had surgery a short time later to kick off the long rehab process. Given the timing of the injury and the general timeline for players returning from torn ACLs, training camp looked like a reasonable point to expect Palmer to ...

The draft pick that set off an era of losing like no other

The Most Botched NFL Draft Pick Ever | Longform -
One ill-fated 1982 phone call jump-started the NFL's longest run of ineptitude. The bizarre and calamitous story of Booker Reese only got worse from there