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Bengals Bytes (2/29): Bombs away

Marvin Lewis and Paul Guenther have set an example by looking forward to next season. Joey Bosa's poor 40 time overshadowed his Combine performance, and Aaron Rodgers made an impact on the Oscars.

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Combine Report: Anderson to H.O.F?
Rick Gosselin, who serves on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Senior Committee, discusses if Ken Anderson is Hall of Fame worthy.

Bengals Offseason Outlook: RBs
Bengals columnists Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. are previewing the status of every position as the team heads into the beginning of the new league year and free agency on March 9. Gain a deeper perspective of the coach's thoughts on personnel, the draft prospects and free agency, as well as salary cap ramifications going forward. Today looks at running backs.

Lewis and Guenther say time for Bengals to look ahead not back
While the Bengals playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers has been hard not only for fans to put behind them, but coaches and players as well, and according to head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther it's now time to look ahead to the fresh start the 2016 season will bring.

Bengals DC Paul Guenther Comments on Perception of Vontaze Burfict, LB's Future
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict drew a three-game suspension from the NFL as a last straw of sorts for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the AFC Wild Card playoffs, but his defensive coordinator believes the perception Burfict has drawn is unjustified.   Paul Guenther, Cincinnati’s DC since 2014, said he believes Burfict has an unwarranted reputation as a dirty player, which was put in the spotlight by his hit on Brown, per a Sunday report by Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Random Bytes

Report: Browns not interested in Kaepernick "at this time"
It didn’t take long before a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media linking the Texans to a possible trade for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was rebutted by another report from Houston. Now the same has happened in Cleveland, where the Browns were also listed as a possible suitor for Kaepernick should the 49ers start looking for trading partners for their quarterback.

Browns, Texas interested in Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quiet about plans
Colin Kaepernick wants to be traded from the San Francisco 49ers, and at least several other teams are interested in making that happen. Multiple reports have indicated the quarterback is pushing for a trade, and according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns and Texans could be potential suitors.

Aaron Rodgers Photobombs Common, Wanders Aimlessly During Oscars
Aaron Rodgers accompanied his girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn, to the Oscars on Sunday. Let’s just say he looks more comfortable on the gridiron. First, the Green Bay Packers superstar photobombed rapper Common during an interview

Joey Bosa's Disappointing 40 Time Shouldn't Overshadow Great Combine Performance
Joey Bosa’s 40-yard dash time Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine was disappointing. Or at least it was if you ask Joey Bosa. "I thought I was going to run in the low 4.7s or high 4.6s," the Ohio State linebacker told NFL Network, according to Chase Goodbread. "That was the goal coming in. I’m disappointed."

Day 3 NFL Combine winners and losers
Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. On Sunday, the linebackers and defensive linemen took the field. Here are Brooks' impressions from Indianapolis.

Colts to move on from veteran Matt Hasselbeck
The Colts are moving on from perhaps their most inspirational player of 2015. The team has informed quarterback Matt Hasselbeck that he is not in their plans for next year, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday, per a source familiar with the Colts' plans. Hasselbeck has not decided whether or not he wants to play for another team.

Atlanta Falcons assistant Bryan Cox apologizes for NFL combine incident
Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox is apologizing for an altercation with another team's scout at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. According to several media reports, Cox shoved a scout from the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night in a dispute over access to a rookie during the interview process.

Sources: Eagles have upped offer in strong bid to keep Bradford
The Eagles upped their offer to Sam Bradford during meetings with Bradford's agent at the NFL Scouting Combine last week as a way of making a strong push to close out a multi-year deal for the quarterback before the start of free agency, sources told FOX Sports.