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The Bengals signing of Karlos Dansby clearly indicates Cincinnati's interests in creating turnovers. It may be the offseason, but Von Miller is still getting fined. What is the biggest remaining need for each team?

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AJ McCarron talks about Jake Coker, his NFL future & impending fatherhood
Jake Coker wasn't the only former Alabama quarterback in attendance at South Alabama's Pro Day. AJ McCarron, set to enter his third season with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, was also on hand at the Jaguars' practice field on Monday. McCarron, like Coker, is a former St. Paul's quarterback, and the two have been working out together during the offseason.

Linebacker crop grows with experience
With veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby expected to reach a deal (the Bengals won’t announce it until he signs), here is a look at how their linebackers stack up. They keep six or seven on the Opening Day 53-man roster with the number recently at six

Bengals to sign linebacker Karlos Dansby
Karlos Dansby called his shot. Upon his release from the Cleveland Browns in mid-March, the veteran linebacker evoked the Cincinnati Bengals as a likely destination for a shot to return to the Super Bowl. On Tuesday, The Enquirer confirmed through a league source that Dansby and the Bengals are on the verge of consummating a deal. He visited the club last week.

Karlos Dansby signing shows how seriously the Bengals take turnovers
The overarching philosophy the Cincinnati Bengals' coaching staff shares is a simple one: stay away from turnovers on offense, and force them on defense. It's the most basic of football fundamentals, and one these coaches preach constantly. On Tuesday, the Bengals showed just how seriously they take their turnover pledge when they closed in on signing free-agent outside linebacker Karlos Dansby.

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Ohio State QB Cardale Jones to work out for Bills, Cardinals
Cardale Jones fell out of a starting job in the fall, but the former Ohio State quarterback certainly hasn't fallen off the draft radars of NFL clubs. The Bills and Cardinals are scheduled to hold private workouts with Jones, the quarterback told Sirius XM Radio.

How a smartphone app and $15 piece of cardboard are taking on football concussions
Your eyes concentrate on the ball as it sails toward you on a punt. Only once you've secured it do you see the gunner out of the corner of your eye. As your head hits the ground, it's as if someone dimmed the lights. Your ears ring. The band is playing your team's fight song and it sounds like it's coming from the far end of a tunnel. Your coach -- who you assume is your coach, he's a blur -- asks if you're okay.

NFL issues demand for New York Times to retract concussion article
The National Football League did not respond kindly to a report from the New York Times last week, in which the NFL was linked to lacking concussion research gathering and tobacco industry representatives in a very negative light. A simple statement in response to the story was not enough. Now the NFL is demanding that the New York Times issue a retraction of the story.

2016 NFL Mock Drafts : Mock draft 1.0: Wentz free-falls from first
Laremy Tunsil goes first overall and Jared Goff is next off the board in Ike Taylor's Mock Draft 1.0. Who are the Bengals going with? A nose tackle out of Penn State... that's a new choice.

Draft Season, Ep. 1: Noah Spence, the red-flag prospect with huge potential
For defensive end Noah Spence, a future in the NFL once seemed like a certainty. After a series of mistakes—taking Molly, a form of ecstasy, and then lying about it—led to his dismissal from Ohio State’s football team, though, he faced a long road back to the gridiron, and to fulfilling a dream he has harbored since childhood.

Von Miller’s Dancing with the Stars partner fined him $100 for farting
During Dancing with the Stars this week, ABC rolled some footage of Miller and his partner, Whitney Carson, during rehearsals and Miller was racking up fines like they were going out of style. Miller was penalized for farting, taking a break and cursing. Oh, and she’s been charging him for being late, too.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin tries icing FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tried to throw Roberto Aguayo off his game by icing him during FSU's pro day, but the kicker still drilled the 50-yarder.

Soccer Club's Interim Social Media Coordinator Abandons Twitter Duties To Play In Game
Deep in the lowest levels of the English soccer pyramid, the modern club needs its players to fill multiple roles in order to survive. Your backup striker might need to double as the electrician when the lights in the locker room go out. Your utility defender might be called upon to check the team bus’s engine when the thing dies on the side of the road halfway between Holbeach and Kirby Muxloe.

Myles Jack won't hold personal pro day, likely won't run timed 40
There was talk two weeks ago that UCLA LB Myles Jack intended to run the 40-yard dash April 1 at a personal pro day, but NFL Media has learned that such a workout won't happen and that Jack likely won't run a 40 before the draft.

Biggest remaining roster hole for all 32 NFL teams
With the bulk of free agency over, NFL Nation reporters pick one position group that still needs to be addressed for every team.