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Mike Tomlin had one word to describe Ryan Shazier's hit on Giovani Bernard, and Chad Johnson tells all. Meanwhile, in Jerry Jones still has some interest in Johnny Manziel.

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Cincinnati Bengals 'haven't agreed to agree' with Reggie Nelson
The Bengals have interest in bringing back Reggie Nelson but haven't come to an agreement with his representation. "In any situation both parties have to agree to agree," Lewis said, "and we just haven't agreed to agree with Reggie yet."

Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson on Belichick, relationships and more
It’s been almost five years since Chad Johnson last played an NFL down. His topsy-turvy private life has been so prevalently public, his social media accounts such a stream of consciousness, it can be easy to forget that in a former life, Johnson was one of the NFL’s most exciting wide receivers. He led the league in receiving yards in 2006, and was a four-time All-Pro with Cincinnati before a one-year stint in New England never took off.

Bengals' Katie Blackburn holds important place in NFL
In the annual National Football League meetings at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, which sits just off Lake Boca Raton, league coaches and executives conducted various forms of league business, from the consideration and institution of new rules to larger-scale topics such as the placement of a franchise in Europe. Katie Blackburn is the chairwoman of the eight-person workplace diversity committee and the Super Bowl advisory committee.

Quick hits: Lewis on ejection rule, Tez, Cam, Marv Jones, McCarron
The Ryan Shazier hit might have been zapped by his own NFL Competition Committee this week at the NFL’s annual owners meeting. But since it was too late for his Bengals, head coach Marvin Lewis barely acknowledged it Tuesday and that’s how he says his team is going to respond to the excruciating loss to the Steelers in the Wild Card Game.

Ex-coach: Marvin Jones wants to be a No. 1 receiver
Boca Raton, Fla. — After signing with the Lions a couple of weeks ago, Marvin Jones said he doesn’t really look into which receivers are the No. 1 or No. 2 guy, instead expressing a desire to simply be one of the playmakers on his new team.

Tomlin calls Shazier's hit on Bengals RB 'ugly'
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin referred to Ryan Shazier’s knockout helmet hit on Bengals running back Giovani Bernard in a wild-card playoff game as "an ugly hit" and agreed it should be legislated out of the game.

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Browns wideout Andrew Hawkins studying at Columbia
Having followed a tortuous road to the NFL, the Browns wideout knows better than most to prepare for life after football—which is why he’s cramming for a sports management degree at Columbia this offseason.

Koetter, Lewis share path from Pocatello to NFL
BOCA RATON -- There are only 32 NFL head coaches in the world, and yet two of them -- the Bucs' Dirk Koetter and the Bengals' Marvin Lewis -- overlapped 38 years ago as teammates and coaching colleagues in, of all places, Pocatello, Idaho.

Catch clarification not among proposed rules changes
Team representative will vote on 19 proposed rule changes this week, but the confusing definition of what constitutes a catch won't be discussed.

Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant apologizes for actions detrimental to the team
The Pittsburgh Steelers had been mum on the Martavis Bryant suspension, until a few days ago. Other than a Public Relations released statement from General Manager Kevin Colbert, no one had heard from Mike Tomlin or Art Rooney II until the two spoke at the annual owners meeting in Florida.

Judge accepts revamped plea deal in Darren Sharper rape case
A federal judge Tuesday formally accepted Darren Sharper's plea deal in a drug and rape case, making clear to the former NFL star that she could sentence him to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo had earlier rejected a deal that could have meant a nine-year sentence. Attorneys say federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence in the range of roughly 15 or 16 to 20 years. Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that they may recommend a lighter sentence, based on Sharper's cooperation in related cases.

Mike Tomlin thinks Steelers' defense is on the rise
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has spent nearly 90 minutes talking to the media at this week's NFL owners meetings -- one hour as part of the AFC coaches breakfast and a private session with Pittsburgh beat writers.

Bill O’Brien Gave Brock Osweiler a $72 Million Contract – Without Meeting Him
Think about any job you've had. You probably went through some sort of lengthy interview process. Perhaps there were writing tests or screen tests. Likely, multiple. You may have 3-4 interviews before you eventually get hired.

Ranking all 32 NFL head coaches by how much we'd like them in college football
When Lovie Smith took the Illinois job, he became one of the most surprising names to enter the college coaching arena in a long time. The two levels do cross-pollinate, but usually you can spot coaches who are Just College Coaches and coaches who are Just NFL Coaches. Smith felt like a guy who was going to be in the NFL until he retired. His March arrival in Champaign was one of the crazier moves in years.

President Barack Obama: MLB exhibition in Cuba 'something extraordinary'
President Barack Obama calls the first MLB exhibition in Cuba since 1999 "a symbol of the bonds between Americans and Cubans despite decades of isolation" in a special editorial for

Ohio State AD Gene Smith Dropped a Sick Burn On Jim Harbaugh
The college football media world still can’t get enough of Michigan holding spring practice in Florida, as there is nothing else going on. Ohio State Buckeyes AD Gene Smith was asked about it, and took a shot at the rival Michigan Wolverines.

That's What She Said: Chatting with Lana Berry
Social media phenom Lana Berry, who has amassed nearly 90,000 Twitter followers with her snarky takes on sports, joins Sarah Spain for this week's 'That's What She Said" podcast.

Football and CTE: fear overshadows facts
Football and other contact sports are under attack over fear they cause brain damage, a narrative the media has helped advance. Only problem is: the science is far from settled.

Dementia Care, Tailored to N.F.L. Retirees
Validus plans to build 33 centers over five years, starting with one that will open in September outside Orlando, Fla., where many N.F.L. retirees live.

Jerry Jones wants to help Johnny Manziel before signing him
Before Jerry Jones considers signing Johnny Manziel to play quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, he wants the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback to get his life turned around. "The overwhelming response and the overwhelming mentality is for him, if we're involved in any way, to help and encourage him to get it together, to get his issue improved because those issues, in my mind, not talent, are why he is free today," Jones said Tuesday.