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Bengals Bytes (2/3): Trash talking

Tyler Eifert and the Bengals dodged a bullet. Is Andy Dalton officially a franchise quarterback? What will be the x-factor that ultimately decides Super Bowl 50?

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Munoz continues to push Ken Anderson for HOF
Anthony Munoz stood in the end zone of his Play 60 Event at the NFL Experience on Tuesday, his wide smile and broad shoulders underneath a hat featuring the NFL Hall of Fame logo across the front.

Hue Jackson's Bengals Ties Could Yield Free Agent Signings for Browns
Given Browns head coach Hue Jackson's time spent with the Bengals, a number of Cincinnati's impending free agents could interest the Browns this spring. Here are the top options for Cleveland.

Tyler Eifert’s Pro Bowl injury wasn’t a serious one
Fortunately for the Tyler Eifert, his Pro Bowl injury wasn’t a serious one. According to Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals tight end had his ankle examined Tuesday and tests showed only a sprain.

Bengals set timeline on Eifert injury
When Tyler Eifert came hobbling off the field after attempting to catch a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Pro Bowl, the worst possible scenario from the glorified exhibition unfolded for the Bengals. Fortunately for them, his examination in Cincinnati on Tuesday produced a better outcome.

Andy Dalton is a franchise quarterback, by the numbers
Andy Dalton was an MVP candidate before bowing out of the Bengals’ Week 14 loss to the Steelers with a thumb injury. Yet somehow, people are already assuming that Dalton’s 2015 season was an outlier in an otherwise mediocre career. Let’s get something straight: Andy Dalton is a franchise quarterback. Whether he can win a playoff game has yet to be determined, but plenty of past and present franchise quarterbacks have had struggles winning playoff games–most notably, Matthew StaffordMatt Ryan and Carson Palmer.

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Ezekiel Elliott On Two: Vision And Patience
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Commissioner Roger Goodell On The Rich Eisen Show
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