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Bengals Bites (3/24) - Couple Of Picks

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The Bengals were awarded two nice compensatory picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Plus, the NFL changes their mind on blacking out games.

Bengals get big Bucs with compensation
The Michael Johnson magic act is now complete. The gift that keeps on giving. In a textbook walk-through of their philosophy on free agency, the Bengals on Monday received an extra third-round pick and a fourth-round pick in the mind-numbing formula that is compensation for losing players to other clubs. The announcement of the picks came here as the first day of the NFL owners’ meeting ended.

Bengals winners as compensatory picks doled out
The Bengals plan to avoid unrestricted free agents last offseason paid off in a large way Monday at the owner's meetings. Cincinnati was awarded an extra third-round pick and extra fourth-round selection in this year's draft via the compensatory draft pick program.

Bengals awarded two compensatory picks for draft - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
The Cincinnati Bengals, who lost the likes of Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins to free agency last year, were awarded two compensatory draft picks Monday at the NFL owners meetings -- one in the third round and one in the fourth round. As a result, they now have nine selections in the 2015 NFL draft, which will be held April 30 to May 2 in Chicago.

Bengals fans can tune in as NFL suspends blackout rule - Cincinnati Business Courier
Cincinnati Bengals fans won’t have to face the frequent drama of wondering whether their team’s game will be televised live this year. The NFL said Monday it is suspending its local TV blackout rule for one year. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Monday afternoon that the NFL clubs have approved the suspension of the blackout rule for preseason and regular season games. NFL.com also wrote about it.

Jim Tomsula Compares 8-8 Season To Sandwich, Might Just Be Kinda Hungry
Frank Gore left the 49ers for the Colts, linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retired, and another linebacker tore his ACL while working out. New head coach and incredibly quotable man Jim Tomsula is having a rough first offseason so far. In unrelated news, he compared San Francisco's .500 season to a sandwich while talking about quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Serial Rapist Darren Sharper Might Serve Just 9 Years [Updated]
As expected, the plea deals are rolling in for accused serial rapist Darren Sharper, and so far the sentences seem fairly light. But we won't know how long Sharper will spend in prison until he officially pleads in all five jurisdictions, because he'll functionally serve only the longest of his five sentences.