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CJ Briefing: Recap from last week and looking forward

We take a look at the stories that mattered last week, as well as prepare you for the week ahead.

Green "Not Broke"

+ Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green isn't concerned about a contract extension, telling reporters that "I'm not here for money. I'm not broke." The story also emphasized that Green will look to sign a new deal by season's end. Green is signed through 2015; most expect him to be tendered with the franchise tag. In other relatable, NFL news, the NFLPA is looking into allegations against Denver and Dallas over collusion claims regarding long-term negotiations regarding Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant.

John Sawyer

+ Bengals co-founder John Sawyer, one of several people part of the original ownership group, passed away this week at the age of 90. In addition to helping found the Bengals, he was the team president from 1968 through 1993 and has been a vice president of the Bengals' organization since 1994. "John was a pioneer with the Bengals" said Mike Brown, the Bengals’ current team president. "The team wouldn't have come into existence were it not for his efforts. He was our original president and our primary owner for many years. We lost a critical business partner, as well as a close dear friend."

Beckham Hill

+ Running back Jeremy Hill is looking forward to hosting Odell Beckham Jr. when the New York Giants come to town for joint practices. "It's going to be fun having him here, and we're definitely going to be feeding off each others' energy, and it's going to be fun." The Bengals and Giants will practice on Aug. 11 and Aug 12, leading to their preseason opener on Aug. 14.

Training Camp

+ Cincinnati announced their training camp schedule, set to kickoff on July 31 through August 20. There will be 14 sessions, all open to the public, with the majority starting at 3 p.m. and gates opening 30 minutes prior. The team will host their annual Family Day practice on Saturday, Aug. 8 (practice starts at 1:30 with gates opening at 12:30) giving fans their first look at Paul Brown Stadium's new scoreboards and concession stands, as well as free attractions for children.

Urban on McCalebb

+ Unwilling to cut their losses and move on, the Bengals are once again experimenting with Onterio McCalebb... this time at wide receiver. McCalebb played running back at Auburn and has spent his entire career in Cincinnati developing as a cornerback. Whether he makes the roster or not at this stage is an irrelevant narrative; we have a feeling they'll move him to quarterback soon enough.

+ Robert Livingston, the team's scout in the southeast region since '12, was promoted to the coaching staff as a quality control coach on defense and a special teams assistant earlier this year. Livingston called the promotion a "phenomenal opportunity" and "something that I've always loved."

AJ McCarron on Ken Stabler

+ Quarterback Ken Stabler passed away this week due to complications with colon cancer. He was 69-years-old. Stabler also attended Alabama, though sitting during his freshman year ('64) due to NCAA rules. He was a backup in '65 and started his final two seasons ('66 and '67). Alabama finished third in the polls, despite being unbeaten in '66 and then finished 8-2-1 during his senior year with the memorable "Run in the Mud" during '67 Iron Bowl.

Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron called Stabler the "greatest quarterback" in Alabama history. "In my eyes, it's just my opinion, but I think he's the greatest quarterback to ever put on the crimson and white and play on Saturdays for the University of Alabama."

+ Players with the franchise tag will have until 4 p.m. (ET) this Wednesday to sign long-term deals before they're locked into a one-year franchise deals through the end of the year. There are a handful of players under the franchise tag, including Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston ($13.1 million), New York defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul ($14.8 million), Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant ($12.8 million), Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas ($12.8 million), and New England placekicker Stephen Gostkowski ($4.59 million).

+ McCarron held his first football camp last weekend, saying that "I wanted to give back to Mobile in some sort of way." A.J. Green held his third annual "A.J. Green football skills camp" on Saturday. Brandon Joiner visited children at the McLane Children's Hospital "signing autographs and taking pictures."