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Kelvin Benjamin is NOT a finalist for Pepsi offensive rookie of the year - Cat Scratch Reader
If you ever needed a reminder that NFL end-of-season awards were unbridled pots of crap, look no further than the finalists for 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. A list that excludes Kelvin Benjamin, who finished the season third in yards and touchdowns among rookie receivers.

Diversity group files complaint over Redskins GM search; NFL finds no violation (updated) - The Washington Post
The Fritz Pollard Alliance feels that Washington violated the spirit of the NFL's pro-diversity hiring rules in making its deal for Scot McCloughan.

Nine teams open to mandatory 'Hard Knocks' inclusion -
Johnny Manziel and the Browns are one of nine teams who can be picked to appear on the 10th season of HBO's "Hard Knocks." Is your favorite team on the list?

Around the NFL: Bengals look for changes on defense | The Columbus Dispatch
The Cincinnati Bengals defense is headed for a makeover.

Bengals head into offseason looking for answers to familiar questions | FOX Sports
Now that a couple of days have passed since the Bengals' season ended with a one-and-done playoff appearance for the fourth straight year, it's time to start looking at 2015.

Kinky Friedman Calls Chris Christie And Jerry Jones Gay On ESPN

Bob Ley was having none of it! "You don't really mean that, obviously," he said sternly before moving right along. He was kind enough to let Kinky stick around long enough to unleash his dad-joke politics quip, which really ended the segment on a high note.

Jameis Winston Accuser Files Title IX Lawsuit Against FSU

The woman who accused Jameis Winston of raping her on Dec. 7, 2012, has filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against Florida State University, accusing the school's administration of failing to obey federal Title IX laws upon becoming aware of the rape allegation.

Cincinnati Bengals season report card - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN

Injuries and changes at their top two assistant-coaching positions had many convinced at the start of the season the Cincinnati Bengals would struggle to repeat as AFC North champion. Despite all of that, they almost did it. For six of the last seven weeks of the regular season, they led the division, helped in large part by a tie that should have really been a win. Had they made a 36-yard overtime field goal against Carolina, they would have finished with a somewhat unexpected 11-win season.

ZACK KLEMME: Dalton following Romo-like pattern? - Sports - The Independent Online
Frustration with the Cincinnati Bengals, their coach and their quarterback is a normal emotional response this time of year.

'Fire Marvin Lewis' crowd should be mindful of history
Bengals fans may not want Lewis back, but NFL history shows replacing a playoff coach does not always guarantee success.