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Bengals Bytes (1/29): Rubbing elbows

The Bengals Pro Bowlers seem to be having a blast in Hawaii. Mohamed Sanu's free agent profile is fairly impressive, but is he worth re-signing? Calvin Johnson might not be done with Detroit, yet. Which draft prospects will be reaches come draft time?

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A Pro Bowl thank you
Like the rest of us, Nick Cosgray has to stop and think about the last time he had a vacation. A real vacation. You know, one where you went without the two kids and actually went out of state and maybe even had to change your watch.

Best hanging with the best
The Pro Bowl means pricking egos as well as picking brains when the best hangs with the best. One minute you see the cream of the NFL’s defensive line play going through hilarious pantomime as they imitate one of its own. Who just happens to be Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Or, the next minute you might see Kyle Long, the Bears’ massive jack-of-all-trades offensive lineman, sidle up to Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth and renew a friendship that began with a golf swing in the Bengals training room.

Guenther comfortable with staff changes on defense
Paul Guenther leaned forward on the aluminum bleachers of Ladd-Peebles Stadium, his eyes scanning the linebackers as he spoke about a sea change of sorts in his section of the coaching offices at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defensive coordinator was looking for, potentially, the newest players that may join the Bengals roster in the spring. But perhaps the most important part of the trip south to the Senior Bowl was that he was able to spend time with an entirely new coaching staff.

Mohamed Sanu: Bengals Free Agent Profile
Mohamed Sanu has been a great gadget player for the Bengals, posing as a receiving, rushing and passing threat. With 15 career touchdowns (two passing, two rushing and 11 receiving), Sanu has done everything–including throwing a touchdown pass to his quarterback. Sanu is clearly best suited as the Bengals’ third receiver. While he excelled in spurts as the primary green in A.J. Green‘s late 2014 absence, Sanu has never really shown enough promise to trust as one of the team’s top targets.

Penalties a major reason Marvin Lewis' Bengals now 0-7 in postseason
With the offseason here for the Cincinnati Bengals, we're taking a daily look at a few statistics that either defined the past season, or went overlooked during it. Today, we highlight the following number: 79 Each of the past five promising Bengals seasons have come crashing to a halt in exactly the same way.

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Calvin Johnson could return to Lions, but with a catch
The recent Calvin Johnson retirement rumors caused alarm across the NFL, particularly in Detroit, and not just because Lions fans have seen one of the best of their era at their position retire earlier than expected once before. Now that Johnson has some distance from the season and his body is healing, the chances of him returning to the Ford Field sidelines in uniform next season are increasing.

If you need a place to stay for the Super Bowl, you should check out this $200-a-night metal shed
Okay, so it's not the Hilton, but it is a structure with four walls and a roof. Not just that, but it also has, actually, just read the description: You'll be comfortably nestled away in our messy backyard in an expansive metal shed, which is tastefully appointed with two air mattresses, and an antique table(old wooden box). Relax in one of our 3 uncomfortable dirty plastic chairs while reading, or catching up on the latest Reddit posts!

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam thinks Johnny Manziel relationship is fixable
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he believes the team's relationship with Johnny Manziel is fixable. The question is whether the team wants to fix it. A source told ESPN's Dan Graziano that new coach Hue Jackson made it clear when he interviewed that he wanted the the Browns to move on from Manziel.

NFL Draft Prospects Most Likely to Be Overdrafted in 2016
Every year NFL teams fall in love with high-upside prospects who fail to pan out at the next level.  Despite an alarming rate of developmental prospects failing to achieve success at a high level in the NFL, teams simply can't help themselves. The upside of landing a superstar is simply too great to pass up.  Here's a very early list of prospects who possess the skills which typically lead teams to overdraft a prospect based on upside.

Insider Buzz: LB Jaylon Smith Expected to Be Ready for Start of 2016 Season
Bleacher Report NFL Draft Expert Matt Miller is at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, watching practice and getting the latest scoop from scouts and decision-makers. What's Miller hearing about Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith? Watch as Miller and Stephen Nelson break down the latest insider buzz from Mobile in the video above.

Linda Cohn on making it to 5,000 Sportscenters, hockey on ESPN, Jagr
The legendary anchorwoman chatted with me on Wednesday afternoon. We cover everything from her fight to get more hockey on ESPN to Jaromir Jagr allowing her and a camera crew access to his late night training sessions at BB&T Center to her thoughts on being a woman in the sports industry and of course, her beloved Blueshirts.