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The Bengals are looking looking to improve their special teams. Joe Haden gets surgery on his ankle, and Jim Irsay and the Colts fan base make their claim for Peyton Manning.

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Notes: rare change at tackle; Winston re-elected; Dalton-Green No. 5 TD duo
With the departure of Andre Smith, the conventional wisdom is that Cedric Ogbuehi is the Bengals’ new right tackle. At least that what he’s thinking after a rookie season he played in the last five games after rehabbing that torn ACL from his last snap for Texas A&M.

Adam Jones: Marvin Lewis won't want mad 'son,' expects to resume return duties
Like countless others who have played for Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones has developed such a close relationship with the head coach that he considers him to be a father figure. Now that Jones has agreed to a new three-year deal that keeps him in stripes through the 2018 season, he's hopeful "Dad" Lewis will give him something he wants. If not, Jones contends he'll be angry.

Bengals seek improvement on special teams
Consistency has been the noun most associated with the Cincinnati Bengals for the better part of the last five years, for better or worse in some areas, but for the organization, it’s been an important reason for five consecutive playoff appearances and two AFC North titles.

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Tray Walker, Ravens CB, Dies at Age 23 After Motorcycle Accident
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker, 23, died Friday at 5 p.m. ET after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident March 17. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun passed along the news from Walker's agent, Ron Butler. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added Walker sustained "serious head injuries." Walker was initially taken to the trauma unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami after colliding with a Ford Escape, according to Zrebiec.

Joe Haden receives ankle surgery
An official medical update from the Browns confirmed Haden underwent surgery and noted that the cornerback "is expected to resume football activities during training camp." The team's update also explained Haden was inactive for eight games last season due to ankle, rib, finger and head injuries. The ankle injury occurred during the Browns' Week 8 meeting with the Arizona Cardinals.

Irsay on Peyton: I speak for all Colts fans, we feel like he’s ours
Colts owner Jim Irsay said today that although Peyton Manning has just retired as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Broncos, folks in Indianapolis will always view Manning as, first and foremost, a Colt.

Mike Maccagnan -- New York Jets seek 'middle ground' with Ryan Fitzpatrick
The New York Jets remain in a contract stalemate with free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but general manager Mike Maccagnan hinted Friday he's willing to improve the team's current offer. "We like Ryan -- we'd like to have Ryan back -- but at the end of the day, it's free agency," Maccagnan told reporters on a conference call. "You go through it. At some point in time, hopefully, we can find a middle ground we're both happy with."

Dallas Cowboys sign Benson Mayowa to offer sheet
The Dallas Cowboys have signed restricted free agent defensive end Benson Mayowa to a three-year offer sheet worth $8.25 million, including a $3.3 million signing bonus, according to sources, and now have to wait to see if the Oakland Raiders will match. The deal can void to two years based on playing time and sacks, a source said.

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh writes open letter to players
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh couldn't sleep Thursday night after he learned that cornerback Tray Walker was seriously injured in a motorbike accident. Walker died on Friday, his agent, Ron Butler, confirmed to ESPN. Harbaugh sent an open letter to his players Friday morning, and it was shared by Ravens senior vice president of public relations Kevin Byrne on the team's website