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Bengals Bytes (4/19): Pay up

The Bengals have a new offseason motto. Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel partied it up at Coachella. Check out what Emmanuel Sanders thinks Brock Osweiler owes him.

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Quick hits: Lewis pounds the rock
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis famously likes to match a theme with T-Shirts. So when his players showed up for Monday’s start of off-season workouts at Paul Brown Stadium, the theme hanging in each locker was clear.

Bengals Kevin Zeitler doubles down before OTAs
Cincinnati Bengals right guard Kevin Zeitler doubles down on off-season workouts in his home town before reporting to OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium.

If Bengals reached Super Bowl, would Andy Dalton have played?
Had the Cincinnati Bengals made it to the Super Bowl in February, would a banged-up Andy Dalton have played? The answer to that question will forever be a mystery. The Bengals quarterback, sidelined late last season by a broken right thumb, said Monday that trainers and coaches took his potential return so conservatively that it's still hard to know whether he would have played in the championship game, had the Bengals made it that far without him.

As trade talk swirled, AJ McCarron tried to stay 'in the present time'
AJ McCarron is well aware he has been a hot topic of conversation much of this offseason. With teams like the Denver Broncos potentially in need of quarterback help before training camp, pundits and analysts across the league have theorized that it would be in the best interest of those teams to set up a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals so they can claim the Bengals' young signal-caller. When he started in relief of an injured Andy Dalton last season, McCarron led Cincinnati to a 2-2 record, and was mere seconds away from helping the franchise to its first playoff victory in 25 years.

Bengals contend playoff loss to Steelers buried in past
As far as the Cincinnati Bengals are concerned, the calendar didn't change in January. To them, it officially turned Monday when they held their first spring team meeting. The gist of the speech head coach Marvin Lewis gave as his players reconvened for the first time since their wild-card round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers? Bury it.

Bengals back to business
The Bengals returned to work Monday after a dizzying paradox of an offseason that was both tortured and serene. But when they got back they thankfully found not much different had gone on at Paul Brown Stadium in the intervening four months.

Notes: Quez quotient; Sked shrug; Eifert's busy offseason
This is why the Bengals took cornerback Darqueze Dennard with the 24th pick, their first in the 2014 draft: Here’s a guy they thought was on the verge of breaking through last year in his sophomore season. He was playing more and more in the slot ahead of Leon Hall and coming up with big plays.

Andy Dalton returns full go without Marvin, Mo
Andy Dalton stands in the corner of the Bengals' locker room at a spot he returns to for the sixth time as his team opened the voluntary workout period on Monday, officially moving into the 2016 season. Dalton, admittedly fully healed and unlimited with his thumb injury, calls his locker "prime real estate," and happily offers a tour of his corner’s amenities.

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NFL's Josh Gordon -- Partying with Manziel at Coachella (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
Josh Gordon was part of Johnny Manziel's party crew at Coachella this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned. Several people told us they saw Gordon -- we were able to confirm by the tattoos on his arm.

Vin Scully: Why the Dodgers' broadcaster should call World Series
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Media Mailbag: Tackling questions about CBS, ESPN, more
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MIke Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers aim to return defense to elite status
Free agency, the combine and the owners meetings are in the rearview mirror and the draft is just a few days away. But it's time to get back to football on the field. Here's a quick look at the Pittsburgh Steelers as they open their offseason workout program.

Emmanuel Sanders told Brock Osweiler he owed him a car after QB signed lucrative contract with Texans
Earlier this offseason, quarterback Brock Osweiler signed a four-year, $$72 million contract with the Texans after just seven NFL starts. Former Broncos teammate Emmanuel Sanders believes he is partially responsible for Osweiler’s big contract, and he wants to be compensated.

Chiefs' Appeal of Jeremy Maclin Tampering Penalties Reportedly Denied
The Kansas City Chiefs will still be without their third-round pick in this year’s NFL draft. According to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, the NFL informed the Chiefs on Monday that it denied their appeal of tampering charges levied against them regarding their signing of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

NFL teams unsure when or if draft prospect Jaylon Smith (leg) will be able to return to field in 2016
After weekend medical rechecks, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith is not expected to play in 2016, and teams are unsure when he will play again, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.