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Bengals Bites (1/25) - Wanting To Win Now

The Bengals are poised to make a splash in free agency based on cap room and comments from Marvin Lewis.

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Cincinnati Bengals' free-agency shift a sign Mike Brown wants to win - ESPN
It's hard to pinpoint the exact reason, but in certain circles, Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown has earned the reputation of being an owner who abhors winning. That couldn't be further from the truth.

Cincinnati Bengals free-agency breakdown: OT Marshall Newhouse - ESPN

There are very few reasons as to why the Bengals might bring back Newhouse after his mostly poor lone season in Cincinnati. Signed as a lower-tier free agent last year, Newhouse had been expected to serve a pressing need for depth at the tackle positions behind Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith.

8 reasons Joe Thomas never misses the Pro Bowl

Joe Thomas hasn’t missed a snap in his career. That’s 7,917 straight plays – rain or shine; injuries or insignificant games at the end of the season. Every play matters to Thomas, and this Cal Ripken-esque, Iron Man dedication is one of the biggest reasons why he’s so highly revered around the NFL.

USC cornerback Josh Shaw met with Baltimore Ravens, vows to tell teams the truth about incident - Baltimore Sun

A senior captain for the Trojans, Shaw lied to his coaches in August about the cause of a pair of high-ankle sprains. He concocted an elaborate story about how he had jumped off a terrace to save a drowning nephew in a swimming pool.

Defensive coordinator Butler taught intricacies to many, now gets chance to do more | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By the time the Seattle Seahawks drafted linebacker Dave Wyman in the second round in 1987, Keith Butler was in his 10th and final season of playing outside linebacker with the team. In that time, Butler had established himself as a master of his craft, a player who could dissect an offense’s intention an instant after seeing its formation and disrupt a play with his guile.

NFL to test new replay system at Pro Bowl | ProFootballTalk

Per Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, replay review during the Pro Bowl will be conducted via review of the play on a Microsoft Surface tablet — and with communication via Bose headphones.

Belichick’s explanation on inflation raises new questions | ProFootballTalk

Saturday's unexpected press conference from Patriots coach Bill Belchick seemed like an effort to put the issue behind the team as the trip to Phoenix and Super Bowl XLIX awaits.

Packers’ Sam Shields admits he thinks Dez Bryant made the catch | ProFootballTalk

Packers cornerback Sam Shields was covering Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant on his infamous overruled catch when their teams met in the playoffs. At the time, Shields said the ref made a good call in reversing the catch. Now Shields admits that's not how he saw it.

Ballghazi Just Like Creationism, According To Idiot NFL Network Analyst

I don't know why Heath Evans is employed by NFL Network, but if it's for hot takes like "the Patriots allegedly deflating footballs is just like the debate between creationism and science" then... he shouldn't be. This was Evans's reaction to seeing today's Bill Belichick presser: