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Bengals Bytes (3/6): Burning bridges

George Iloka seems to be at the top of several teams priorities entering free agency. Roddy White has some choice words for his former coach, and Terrell Suggs faces more charges than initially thought.

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Eagles fans are trying to recruit George Iloka to Philadelphia
The Eagles need a new starting safety. With only a few days left before the start of NFL free agency, it looks like Walter Thurmond will hit the market. One of Philadelphia's options is George Iloka. Earlier this week we explained why Iloka makes sense for the Eagles. He's very popular among the fans.

Mike Zimmer again looking closely at Cincinnati defenders in free agency
Mike Zimmer’s Vikings have spent ample time in recent years trying to pluck free agents from Cincinnati’s defense. Zimmer was the Bengals defensive coordinator for six seasons before becoming Minnesota’s coach in January 2014. The Vikings soon took a look at defensive end Michael Johnson and then really targeted him last year, falling short both times.

Let the mocking begin
If Marty Brennaman and the Reds have wafted into your eardrums in the last week, that can mean only one thing. The first edition of the 2016 Media Mock Draft. Our panelists, culled from national and local newspapers and web sites, mock us down to the 24th pick and give us an idea of the universe that is going to be left for the Bengals to explore. Keep in mind, many of these picks, and that may very well include the Bengals at No. 24, are going to change with the ebb and flow of free agency that begins next week.

Bengals Bytes

Former Eagles safety kidnapped at gunpoint
Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Earl Wolff was kidnapped by a group of men with guns, according to a story from The Fay Observer. The incident reportedly took place last month on Feb. 23 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Roddy White tees off on Kyle Shanahan
After the Falcons started the 2015 season 4-0, receiver Roddy White complained about his role in the offense. Now that he has been cut, White has opted for even more candor, specifically in the direction of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Suggs faces more charges than driving on suspended license
When word first emerged on Friday that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had been arrested in Arizona, no one knew anything about the charges. Suggs thereafter issued a statement indicating that he’d been arrested only for driving on a suspended license, due to the failure to pay speeding tickets.

Lovie Smith expected to become next head coach at Illinois
Two months after he was fired as head coach of the Buccaneers, Lovie Smith is on the verge of getting another head-coaching job. Smith is expected to be named head coach at Illinois, CBS Chicago and FOX Sports are reporting.

Ndamukong Suh, Dolphins Agree to New Contract
Only one year after he joined the team, Ndamukong Suh agreed to a restructuring of the massive contract he signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. The Dolphins confirmed a restructuring of Suh's deal on Twitter, though terms were not disclosed.

Brock Osweiler gets offered new deal
Mike Klis of 9News reported the Broncos offered Osweiler a three-year contract worth over $45 million. On Friday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported the Broncos "have made a competitive offer likely to be more than Los Angeles Rams quarterback Nick Foles' $12.27 million per season." Renck reported, while Denver wants Osweiler to return, a deal isn't close.

2016 NFL Draft: Identifying the Safest Picks in Round 1
When it comes to the NFL draft, some teams like to swing for the fences with high-risk, high-reward selections. However, with the number of high-profile busts that have come out of the first round over the years, some front offices prefer to minimize risk with their top selection. There are few "sure things" when it comes to the draft, but some players carry less risk than others.

Mario Williams to visit with Miami Dolphins on Saturday
Free-agent defensive end Mario Williams, who was released earlier this week by the Buffalo Bills, visited with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. Williams told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he would like to visit with four to five teams before making a decision on where he will sign. Williams' planned visit to Miami was first reported Saturday by the NFL Network.

Andre Johnson: 'I'm playing ... no question about that'
Andre Johnson's days with the Indianapolis Colts appeared to be numbered, but that doesn't mean he wants to call it quits on his NFL career. Speaking at the Jordan Brand Football Summit in Las Vegas on Saturday, Johnson was adamant that he will be playing in the NFL in 2016.