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Bengals Bytes (3/1): Motivation

What keeps Marvin Lewis going after all the disappointment? Several players are taking a vacation in Egypt, and a long time Saint gets cut.

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Bengals' Vontaze Burfict still topic of discussion well into offseason
The NFL combine concludes Monday in Indianapolis. That means now is as good a time as any to reflect on a few Cincinnati Bengals-related items we learned while there: Vontaze Burfict is still a hot topic.

Bengals Offseason Outlook: TEs
Bengals columnists Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. preview the status of every position as the team heads into the beginning of the new league year and free agency March 9. Gain a deeper perspective of the coaches' thoughts on personnel, draft prospects and free agency as well as salary cap ramifications going forward. Today we look at the tight ends.

Free agent Mohamed Sanu uses soccer cup final to propose to girlfriend
There's still a lot of uncertainty about where Mohamed Sanu ultimately will land when NFL free agency begins next week. But as of Sunday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver has certainty about another part of his life. He will be a married man.

Combine takes
In honor of Peter King, the Maven of Monday Morning Quarterback.com, and Lance McAlister, the Cincinnati sports radio jock who packs more into three hours than Donald Trump’s barber, we give you the NFL Scouting combine version of I Think I Believe. I Think I Believe I’m always amazed by Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ resiliency.

Cincinnati Bengals still unsure if James Wright will be ready for OTAs
It has been exactly 15 months since Cincinnati Bengals receiver James Wright appeared in a game. Sidelined by a knee injury when he came down awkwardly after a leaping catch, Wright's life has revolved around rehab ever since. He tried to make a return last summer, but doctors determined his knee needed surgery. So he was placed on the injured reserve and didn't appear at all in 2015. According to coach Marvin Lewis, Wright's recovery from the August surgery was expected to last 12 months.

What keeps Marvin Lewis motivated after postseason failures? Losing
By now it has become the broken record Marvin Lewis wishes he could just blast to smithereens. Yet again, the Cincinnati Bengals head coach finds himself in the unenviable position of picking him and his team up off the pavement, in hopes of discovering a new way to lead the Bengals to postseason success.

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Bears give Alshon Jeffery franchise tag
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Jaelen Strong arrested on marijuana possession charge
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Saints cut Marques Colston
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Steelers' DeAngelo Williams -- Videobombed By Browns Star ... In Egypt!!
Egypt was Anubis-pound territory this week ('cause he's part dawg) with Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge owning Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams in front of the pyramids ... and it was all on video! The guys are both in Egypt as part of the American Football Without Barriers camp -- which exposes football to parts of the world where it isn't exactly super popular ... like Egypt.

Multiple reports say Jets will use franchise tag on Muhammad Wilkerson
The Jets haven’t given up on the idea of holding onto both defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and defensive tackle Damon Harrison, but they only have one franchise tag to use to ensure that a player can’t leave without compensation in the form of two first-round picks or a package agreed on in a trade.

Marshawn Lynch raps while riding a camel in Egypt
Marshawn Lynch seems to be enjoying his retirement. The soon-to-be former Seattle Seahawks running back is in Egypt as part of the American Football Without Barriers program. And the team's official Twitter account posted a video clip (above) of Lynch riding a camel, rapping and loving life.