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Bengals free agency update

The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for free agency, which is set to begin on Tuesday afternoon. Here is a list of rumors and reports on what happened Monday and where the team is overall.

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+ Cincinnati hosted two known free agents in linebacker A.J. Hawk and tight end Anthony Fasano on Monday. Both visits have been confirmed.

+ The Bengals were mentioned as being "in the running" for Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard, alongside the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks. Multiple confirmations have surfaced in New England regarding the report, initially reported by Yahoo! Sports NFL Insider Rand Getlin. One curiosity is if Tampa Bay signs Sheard, does that mean Michael Johnson's Buccaneers career is over?

+ Clint Boling's name finally surfaced on Monday when a report came about that the Minnesota Vikings are making a strong push for the veteran guard. Boling is expressing strong interest in Minnesota and Mike Zimmer is a key reason for that. The New York Jets are reportedly signing former Seahawks guard James Carpenter, possibly taking them out of the running for Boling. The Atlanta Falcons have also been mentioned as "interested" for Boling.

+ Oakland remains as the leading candidates to acquire Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham. The Browns are linked as well, but the interest could just be curiosity. The latest is that the Raiders are looking to sign Gresham prior to the "official start" of free agency.

+ The Cincinnati Bengals want Taylor Mays back, but it appears that negotiations aren't exactly fluid (or forgiving). It appears that Cincinnati has a contract on the table. If Mays wants to return, sign it. If not, whatever. According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins are linked to Mays. There is mutual interest between Mays and the Vikings (for obvious reasons).