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It's prove-it time for several Bengals, and that may also be in the case in Seattle with Russell Wilson.

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Bengals veterans out to prove worth on One-year deal | Cincinnati.com
Pat Sims is among a handful of Bengals who were signed to one-year deals this offseason. These were, more or less, prove-it deals that will force them to perform well in training camp and in the preseason just to earn a roster spot. From there, they'll then look to prove their worth during the regular season in hopes of landing a bigger deal next offseason.

Bengals' Three-Back Set Could Be Vital in 2015 | Stripe Hype
The strength of the Bengals is their running game, and with two backs as talented as Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, having them together on the field more is one way the offense can improve next year. Having fullback Ryan Hewitt in Year 2 paving the way for them will only make it better. 

Are NFL players beginning to value their brains more than the game? | BTSC
25-year-old 49ers tackle Anthony Davis joined teammate Chris Borland in a premature retirement from the NFL. Both cited health as a big factor in their decisions. It's just the latest example of players becoming increasingly conscious of the damage their brains may be taking while playing football, but it's possible the problem is even worse than we're making it out to be.

49ers trade Andy Lee to Browns | Niners Nation
The 49ers lost another significant name this past weekend, but it was a result of a team decision. Punter Andy Lee, the team's longest-tenured player, was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a reported seventh-round pick. With Lee gone, the 49ers now have just 11 players remaining from the 2012 roster that went to the Super Bowl.

The Looming Standoff: Russell Wilson vs. Seattle | MMQB
Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill and Cam Newton are the most recent quarterbacks to sign massive extensions. Russell Wilson may be up next, but the Seattle Seahawks aren't ready to risk the future of their franchise as easily as other teams are.
Doubts are starting to grow about the QB’s long-term future in Seattle and Peter King offers up three reasons why contract talks may be in trouble.