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Bengals Bytes (4/18): Calling the shots

Who gets the final say in the Bengals war room? The Legion of Boom is reunited, and how far apart are the Broncos and Von Miller on an extension?

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Brandon Browner signing one-year deal to return to Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks' original Legion of Boom secondary is fully intact, as cornerback Brandon Browner is returning to Seattle. Browner will sign a one-year deal with the Seahawks, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The move reunites Browner with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Browner posted Sunday that the "secret's out" on Instagram.

Houston Texans tell QB Brian Hoyer they will cut him
After signing Brock Osweiler and re-signing Brandon Weeden at the beginning of April, the Houston Texans have told quarterback Brian Hoyer that they will release him, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. Despite a rocky start to 2015, Hoyer had arguably his best regular season with Houston last season. He played in 11 games, with nine starts, going 5-4. He threw for 2,606 yards with 19 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

Did one Broncos 'discount' deal set stage for Von Miller conflict?
When the Denver Broncos begin their offseason program on Monday, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller won't be there. He won't be there Tuesday or later in the week. And without a new long-term deal, there's no guarantee he'll be at the team's summer minicamp or even arrive on time for training camp. That's an indication of the financial distance between the Broncos and Miller.

Report: Contract talks between Ronnie Hillman, Broncos have "heated up"
The Broncos start their offseason program on Monday, which means the team will be back together for the first time since they celebrated their Super Bowl 50 title. Several members of the team have already moved on to new homes as free agents, but it looks like one player is close to finding his way back to Denver.

Haslam is fighting a court order to testify in lawsuit against Pilot Flying J
The criminal prosecution involving a rebate scam maintained by Pilot Flying J still lingers, three years and two days after federal agents abruptly showed up at facilities owned by the nationwide truck-stop chain. Also lingering is civil litigation arising from the admitted bilking of customers.

Von Miller Discusses Johnny Manziel's Off-Field Struggles
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has arguably been Johnny Manziel's most vocal supporter while the embattled quarterback has combated a plethora of off-field troubles, and the Super Bowl 50 MVP spoke up Saturday regarding his desire to help his friend get back on his feet.

Mark Sanchez Comments on Attempt to Win Broncos' Starting QB Job
Mark Sanchez was traded on March 11 to the Denver Broncos, his third team since being drafted No. 5 overall in 2009.   It's going to be a different look at quarterback for the Broncos next year, and Sanchez realizes he's one of the guys who will have a chance to be the starter next year for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Panthers DE Charles Johnson: I bet on myself
Charles Johnson was one of the best bargains in free agency, turning down more money to re-sign with the Carolina Panthers on a one-year, $3 million deal. Johnson recently told's David Newton that he nearly fired Drew Rosenhaus over the new contract because the agent was trying to "max out" with a different team.