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Paul Guenther is looking forward to working with the new defensive assistant coaches. Vontaze Burfict offers an olive branch to Le'Veon Bell. Which players became cap casualties on Wednesday?

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Hobson's Choice: Happy New Year
The Bengals are very mindful of the league formula that doles out draft choices from the loss of unrestricted free agents. It’s why when they go on the market they almost exclusively look at players that have been cut rather than UFAs.

Several teams, including Cowboys, in play for Adam Jones
There's been plenty of talk in the past day or so about the Cowboys possibly making a play for cornerback Adam Jones, who spent a season in Dallas earlier in his career. And, yes, the Cowboys are in play for a reunion. But other teams are, too.

Marvin Jones Will Thrive Away from Cincinnati Bengals
Most wide receivers in the NFL rely on one specific area of their skill set to be effective. If you’re Alshon Jeffery, you have to win at the catch point, relying on your length, ball skills and strength to fend off defensive backs on deep balls. Whereas if you’re Julian Edelman, you avoid those situations by relying on your quickness and acceleration to find space.

Bengals DC Guenther embraces staff changes, now braces for possible personnel changes
Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has already embraced the multiple offseason changes to his coaching staff and he's ready to embrace whatever changes come to the player personnel on his unit, too.

Bengals: Vontaze Burfict Didn't Throw Teammate Under Bus
Unfortunately, media reaction wins again, especially in perception of a player with a reputation. John Breech of CBS Sports even went so far as to say he completely blames his teammates for the loss. My question is, why shouldn’t he? We have broken down the, why he should have avoided it, but here is why he had every right to say what he did.

Bengals: Practice Squad Players Who Could Make Roster
Not all those players will be new to the orange and black stripes. The Bengals have some real players on the practice squad, and it’s time to line them up on Sundays.

If drafted by Cincinnati Bengals, could Corey Coleman play right away?
Several mock drafts last week had the Cincinnati Bengals selecting Baylor receiver Corey Coleman with their pick at No. 24. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound playmaker certainly makes for an intriguing option at that spot. Depending upon how free agency goes, the Bengals could need a receiver to replace Marvin Jones and/or Mohamed Sanu.

Le'Veon Bell has unique support in his knee rehab ... Vontaze Burfict
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell received support from an unexpected source as he rehabs from a season-ending knee injury he suffered last November. Vontaze Burfict, the controversial Cincinnati Bengals linebacker who injured Bell with a tackle in last season's meeting in Pittsburgh, sent Bell a private message Tuesday night offering his support.

Why Ken Zampese's attention to detail will be critical for Bengals
Which of Ken Zampese's attributes can make the Cincinnati Bengals' offense successful under his guidance? Let's ask a man who spent three years working with him. "Patience. Detail. Detail's a big thing," said Jay Gruden, Washington's current head coach, who held Zampese's position in Cincinnati from 2011-13.

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Jon Robinson, Tennessee Titans GM, on having No. 1 NFL draft pick
Tennessee has been the worst team in football over the past two years. Good thing the man charged with turning around the team knows a thing or two about coming back from the dead. Plus answers to reader email.

Howard Stern Relays Filthy "Prank Caller" Impersonating Peyton Manning
The odds that the local sports talk radio hosts in this clip actually thought this was Peyton Manning are approximately zero (and the show is unnamed, so are we sure it exists?), so I don’t know if prank call is the right word for it, but the guy does have a spot-on impression and a filthy mouth.

Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco reach deal on extension
The Ravens have agreed in principle on a three-year extension with quarterback Joe Flacco, which likely will give the team much-needed cap space, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Greg Olsen’s Media Makeover at the NFL Combine
The Panthers’ tight end shaved his beard, gelled his hair and put on a suit at the combine. You may have caught his job interview on live television.

Free-agent bargains: Which players offer most value?
Which impending free agents offer plenty of production value for a potentially modest price tag? Around The NFL takes a close look at the players who are in the free-agency bargain bin.

Eddie Lacy puts an end to overweight jokes with new, slim body
Packers running back Eddie Lacy is pretty serious about losing weight. Lacy was seen looking a lot slimmer this offseason after working with P90X creator Tony Horton.

The Patriots Have Cut WR Brandon LaFell and TE Scott Chandler
Per CSNNE's Tom Curran, the New England Patriots have started their spring cleaning with two major roster moves: The Patriots have released Brandon LaFell and Scott Chandler.

Falcons cut Roddy White after 11 seasons with team
The Atlanta Falcons released veteran wide receiver Roddy White on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced. White played 11 seasons with the Falcons, who drafted him in 2005.

Le'Veon Bell's mixtape kind of sounds like Future
If Future didn't or couldn't rap about drugs, he'd sound a little like Le'Veon Bell. That's the main takeaway from Bell's mixtape, "The Interview," which he released Tuesday. He's rapping under the name "Juice" but ... there's only room for one of those, right now.

Peyton Manning goes through deliberations as Broncos make play for Brock Osweiler
It took 18 years for Peyton Manning to carve out one of the NFL's greatest careers. Twenty four days and counting has not been enough time to decide whether to end it. Manning continues to deliberate, acquiring all information before revealing his intentions.

With decision deadline near, Peyton Manning speaks at event in Florida
Peyton Manning refused to divulge his future plans, but his most recent comments may have offered a few clues. Key word: May. Manning was the keynote speaker for The Florida Forum’s fundraising event for Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday. And although he acknowledged his looming decision, he, in typical Manning fashion, served up a few jokes before responding to one about his post-playing career

Alex Mack Opts Out of Contract with Browns
Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack has long been a candidate to opt out of his contract in advance of the March 4 deadline, and he did just that on Wednesday with free agency on the horizon. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported Mack had voided the final three years of his contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the decision, noting the center could still return to Cleveland.

Darren Sharper Reaches New Plea Agreement
Former Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper has accepted a new plea deal "that could put him in prison for more than nine years and require him to testify against two co-defendants at an upcoming federal trial," according to documents obtained by USA Today's Brent Schrotenboer on Wednesday.