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Bengals Bytes (3/12): Calling out Colts

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Chad Johnson shares his thoughts on how the Bengals will do next year. Leon Hall prepares to visit another team. Coby Fleener didn't shy away from sharing his thoughts about his team last season.

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Cincinnati has seen considerable turnover of late.
The Bengals are in a good spot, but in the early going of the offseason they have endured quite a few changes, both on their coaching staff and on-field personnel. Those developments could cause Cincinnati to take a step backward this season.

Chad Johnson's belief? With a healthy Andy Dalton, 'we' Bengals advance in playoffs
Count Chad Johnson among those who believe the Cincinnati Bengals -- his Bengals -- would have finally gotten out of the first round of the playoffs had quarterback Andy Dalton not gotten hurt at the end of this season.

Leon Hall visits the Cardinals
Free-agent cornerback Leon Hall has spent the first nine seasons of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he could be on his way to somewhere else this offseason.

Blast from past reassures Bengals
T.J. Houshmandzadeh hopes to get another call from Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis this spring extending another invite to help with the wide receivers. That’s what he did last year, but he’s even a little more excited now because it’s going to be a whole new world with No. 2 receiver Marvin Jones in Detroit and No. 3 receiver Mohamed Sanu in Atlanta. Despite the loss of 98 catches and more than 1,200 yards from the duo, Houshmandzadeh doesn’t see it slowing down the Bengals as long as wide receiver A.J. Green, tight end Tyler Eifert, and quarterback Andy Dalton are in place.

Tailor-made to stay
George Iloka got the hometown vibe from an owner of a downtown Cincinnati custom tailor shop Thursday morning just before his appointment to sign his $30 million contract. Vincent Rey got the vibe from the owner of the team as he signed his $11.5 million deal Thursday afternoon.

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Arian Foster’s plan is patience
As more and more running backs sign, one guy voluntarily will remain on the shelf, at least for now. Arian Foster’s plan is to be patient, per a source with knowledge of the situation. That means waiting to see what happens throughout free agency and the draft, and to make a decision later in the offseason. Foster, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season, should be back to 100 percent in the summer.

Denver Broncos trade for quarterback Mark Sanchez
The Denver Broncos have acquired quarterback Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional draft pick, the teams announced. Broncos general manager John Elway tweeted about the move Friday afternoon.

San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick wants to play for new Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson
Colin Kaepernick wants to play in Cleveland for new Browns coach Hue Jackson, multiple sources told ESPN. The Browns have lost five players through free agency this offseason, and some players over the past couple of weeks have said privately that they view playing in Cleveland like going to college: up to four years and they're out.

Can the Browns Learn from the Johnny Manziel Disaster, Their Worst Mistake Yet?
The minute Johnny Manziel was released, the texts and calls started pouring in. The consensus among front-office executives and scouts: The drafting of Manziel set the Browns back a good two to three years—if not longer. Manziel was, they agreed, the second-worst draft pick in the history of the NFL. That's how much picking him 22nd overall and wasting two years considering him a future franchise quarterback damaged the organization.

Coby Fleener Says Some Former Colts Teammates Lacked Effort
New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener didn't hold anything back when talking to reporters about his former Indianapolis Colts teammates Friday. Fleener signed a five-year, $36 million deal with the Saints on Wednesday after four seasons with the Colts. In his final year with the team, the Colts went 8-8 and missed the playoffs after quarterback Andrew Luck missed nine games with a rib injury.