Since the start of free agency on Tuesday, there's been a Twitter frenzy, with a constant flow of information from fans, the media and even the players. Andrew Whitworth was one of the more outspoken Bengals on social media in the last 48 hours. He spent Tuesday afternoon responding to comments and questions with answers like "nobody loves Cincy more than Me. Ask restaurant owners".
What follows are some of the stand-out social media posts regarding the Bengals from the first two days of Free Agency.
Before and moments after the 4:00 p.m. start of free agency on Tuesday:
This is a small sample size of the influx of Twitter action on Tuesday, which featured new information faster than you could read it. The Bengals didn't have any players trending as highly as Nick Foles, Jimmy Graham or Ndamukong Suh (and no one expected they would) but they still made an appearance in the opening hours of the new league year, which is what fans were hoping for.
Writing is on the wall - I would be surprised if Boling is back. He will get an offer higher than what the #Bengals will offer— Scott Bantel (@ScottBantel) March 9, 2015
Excited to say I'm headed back to the Bengals! #whodey— Eric Winston (@ericwinston) March 10, 2015
#Bengals have extended tender offers to LB Emmanuel Lamur and CB Chris Lewis-Harris— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 10, 2015
At this stage, we have Eric Winston (presumably), Emmanuel Lamur (already knew about that) and CLH returning. Still was offered a deal.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) March 10, 2015
Told #Bengals have offered Devon Still a one-yr deal, and he's mulling that over while also taking matters involving his family into account— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) March 10, 2015
There was also this awesomely timed tweet from the Bengals' Twitter account which needs a special shout out. Instead of having any free agency news, just minutes after 4:00 p.m., they instead Tweeted about an upcoming Luke Bryan concert at PBS. What followed was countless jokes made at the expense of the team.
Im starting to feel like @nfl addict!! More trades, signings, or rumors please!! Now!! Refresh, update, and scroll!!— Andrew Whitworth (@BigWhit77_fndn) March 10, 2015
Free agency has me like— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) March 10, 2015
scroll scroll scroll... Refresh..— Mohamed Sanu (@Mo_12_Sanu) March 10, 2015
A.J. Hawk signs with the Bengals
With the exception of few, the opinions on the Bengals signing A.J. Hawk were largely positive. And, the team remembered to set their alarms, unlike last year when they snoozed through the first week of free agency.
All the A(.)J(.)s! #bengals— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) March 10, 2015
Not a huge fan of AJ Hawk signing. Way too much $$ at LB position with top 5 LBs. If Hawk is upgrade at Strongside v Lamur, it's acceptable— Brennen Warner (@JustBeWarned) March 10, 2015
I like the aj hawk signing. Protects bengals against burfict knee— Scott Bantel (@ScottBantel) March 10, 2015
What's more impressive? @OfficialAJHawk has officiated a wedding or that he left the Packers as the franchise leader in career tackles 1,118— Elise Jesse WLWT (@EliseJesseWLWT) March 11, 2015
Jermaine Gresham visits the Raiders
It's been assumed that Jermaine Gresham will not be returning to Cincinnati in 2015 and those suspicions have yet to be proven wrong, or right for that matter.
The Raiders being interested in Jermaine Gresham is the most Raiders thing ever.— Pat Thorman (@Pat_Thorman) March 8, 2015
TE Jermaine Gresham and DT Dan Williams will visit the #Raiders, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2015
So per reports... Gresham is currently in Oakland the Raiders front office believe that he'll sign today.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) March 10, 2015
Hearing Gresham not quite done as I jump on this Hudson conference call. #Raiders— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 11, 2015
Should be a done deal tonight @raidermike401: u hearing anything on Gresham been there all day ?"— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) March 12, 2015
Clint Boling resigns with the Bengals
After worry rang through Cincinnati with rumors that a variety of other teams were looking to out-bid the Bengals for Clint Boling, relief came on Tuesday evening when Geoff Hobson reported that the Bengals were close to resigning the LG.
Looks like Bengals closing in on re-signing LG Clint Boling— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) March 11, 2015
As of this morning, seemed like Vikings were definitely going to overpay Clint Boling. Relieving to see Bengals making strong push now— Brennen Warner (@JustBeWarned) March 11, 2015
Bengals and OL Clint Boling reached agreement on a five-year, $26 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2015
If Boling makes $7.1M in 2015, the Bengals now have a top 10 most expensive Offensive Line.— Joe G (@JoeGoodberry) March 11, 2015
Boling: It's exciting to know we are going to have this whole group back (OL) #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) March 11, 2015
Nick Fairley Visits Cincinnati
Nick Fairley visited Cincinnati on Wednesday, though he left without a contract, at least for now. We'll see how things progress, as his signing is likely dependent on how the Bengals' talks with Michael Johnson go (see below).
Source: Nick Fairley is visiting the Cincinnati #Bengals tomorrow.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 10, 2015
Another Lions fan talks about Fairley being fat and unmotivated under Jim Schwartz but had significantly improved under Jim Caldwell.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) March 12, 2015
Nick Fairley spotted in locker room at PBS taking his visit while media spoke w/AJ Hawk and Clint Boling following their signings. #Bengals— Kevin Goheen (@FSOGoGo) March 11, 2015
My prediction: #Bengals will sign MJ93 and then draft the top remaining DT in the draft - Brown, Goldman, Davis or Phillips. Book it Dano!— Scott Bantel (@ScottBantel) March 12, 2015
Buccaneers cut Michael Johnson
As anticipated, the Buccaneers cut Michael Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, leading many to believe that a reunion in Cincinnati is imminent.
Already established. RT @ProFootballTalk If Bucs cut DE Michael Johnson, Bengals are hoping to bring him back, per league source.— Brennen Warner (@JustBeWarned) March 9, 2015
Both the Bucs and Johnson felt 'it was time to move on'...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 11, 2015
Bucs release Michael johnson. Have to think the #Bengals bring him in at least talk numbers. Would be shocked if he doesn't land back here— Scott Bantel (@ScottBantel) March 11, 2015
When the Bengals/Bucs played, MJ was asked about former mates "Brothers. Guys I'm going to be close with the rest of my life."— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) March 11, 2015
Does re-signing Michael Johnson really signify change? If they get he and Fairley, yes, but those associated w/ #Bengals already nixing that— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) March 11, 2015
Atkins, Fairley, Dunlap, Johnson? Yes, please.— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) March 11, 2015
And for a good laugh (note: from a fake account - in case you were one of the 520+ people to Retweet it):