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Bengals Bytes (3/31): Money on the mind

Dre Kirkpatrick shares the lessons he's learned about money since joining the NFL. Make sure you check out these updated mock drafts to see who the Bengals are drafting, and who holds the honor of the worst free agent signing ever for each NFL team.

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NFL’s Dre Kirkpatrick Shares His Most Important Money Lessons
When you consider that Cincinnati Bengals Cornerback D’Andre "Dre" Kirkpatrick will earn a base salary of more than $7.5 million in 2016 alone, it’s hard to believe the 26-year-old is so humble when it comes to money. In addition to dealing with the tough streets of the Oakleigh Estates section of Gadsden, Alabama, growing up, Kirkpatrick had to deal with a rough start to his career in 2012 due to injuries, which prompted many critics to speculate that the first-round draft pick was a "first-round bust."

NFL Draft Needs: Bengals
The Bengals have pursued Brandon LaFell after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, but their wideout search shouldn't end with LaFell signing. Behind A.J. Green, the depth chart is presently rounded out by Mario Alford, Jake Kumerow, Michael Bennett and special teamers James Wright and Brandon Tate. If LaFell is brought aboard, his best-case utilization would be Sanu's old role. Cincinnati would still need a legitimate No. 2 bookend to Green. It's very possible the Bengals use their first-round pick on a wideout, targeting a Z receiver to complement Green's X.

Agreement with LaFell figures to wrap free agency before draft
Brandon LaFell, one year removed from a career year, has agreed in principle to bring his 278 career catches to a Bengals receiving corps that took some hits in free agency.

Analysts weigh in on Bengals target Laquon Treadwell's pro day
NFL scouts were watching intently on Monday as the University of Mississippi held its pro day. On display were three possible possible first-round picks in offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

Bengals welcome Vicar of Versatility
Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle, who coached Karlos Dansby in Miami, ticks off a scout’s short-hand checklist of the many and varied things we can expect from defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s shiny new chess piece.

Doc: Dansby is here for what?
The Bengals just signed a 34-year-old linebacker who can still play, who has a history of winning, who can be a solid mentor for Vontaze Burfict and who chose Cincinnati because he wants to win a Super Bowl. Come again? My hearing isn’t what it used to be. All those concussions, probably. Chose where to do what?

Mock Draft 2.0: Change in Bengals' second round
Without reproducing a full mock draft different than the first version released two weeks ago, the time has arrived to re-visit where we project the Bengals stand in their first two rounds at this point. Better to walk through the details to keep an eye right now before coming back with fresh picks for version 3.0 in two weeks. In the first mock we placed TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson to them at No. 24 and Oklahoma slot receiver Sterling Shepard to the Bengals in the second round at No. 55.

What are Cincinnati Bengals getting after signing Brandon LaFell?
The end of Brandon LaFell's 2015 season was marred by injury, but before it he was a dependable receiver who occasionally found the end zone. LaFell had 953 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2014, a Super Bowl-winning season and his first with the New England Patriots. It was also arguably the best year of his career.

Bengals' Karlos Dansby wants to match Vontaze Burfict's drive
For the majority of Karlos Dansby's career, he has been more than just a teammate. The 13-year veteran argues that since his fifth season in the NFL, others have sought out his guidance. But as the Cincinnati Bengals' newest defender, the 34-year-old outside linebacker isn't trying to reprise the role of mentor, at least not just yet. He'll only take individual Bengals youngsters such as Vontaze Burfict under his wing if it's a downright necessity, and if they are receptive to him doing so.

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