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Bengals Bytes (4/27): Lying season

A look at some of the top linebackers in the 2016 NFL Draft. Tom Brady will be looking to impress his hometown fans in Week 6 vs Cincinnati. Check out these smoke screens that no one is buying regarding the NFL Draft.

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Bengals release LB A.J. Hawk
A.J. Hawk's return to his hometown team only lasted one year. The 32-year-old linebacker signed as a free agent last offseason but was released by the club Tuesday. The Ohio State product spent nine years with the Packers and led Green Bay in tackles for five seasons before being let go last year. He arrived last year as a depth piece at linebacker, starting 11 games and playing in all 16.

Scout's Take: Linebackers '16
Bengals' scout, Mike Potts, previews some of the top linebackers in the 2016 NFL Draft.

This October, Tom Brady will give 'On to Cincinnati' a new meaning
When a federal appeals court ruled Monday that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game suspension for his role in the 2014 Deflategate saga, it gave Brady another foil to attempt to destroy. The state of Ohio.

Josh Doctson, Will Fuller getting inside support on Cincinnati Bengals
Whether the Cincinnati Bengals pick him or not when the NFL draft begins Thursday night, Josh Doctson still has at least one fan within Paul Brown Stadium's walls. It probably comes as no surprise that Doctson, a TCU product who is a virtual first-round lock, is being cheered on this week by Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, another former Horned Frogs standout.

Don't forget Bengals' in-house WR options
When free agency shook out with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu bolting for green in other pastures, 2015 seventh-round draft pick Mario Alford says he was thrilled for his former teammates. They helped him learn life in the NFL during a rookie year spent mostly laboring on the scout team with only one game on the active gameday roster.

Doc: The NFL's insatiable media appetite
I’m still trying to understand how an entity as media savvy as the NFL can allow itself to look so ridiculous with Deflategate. I am told by an agent-friend that pursuing the case v. Brady and the Pats is about much more than simply winning a fight over underinflated footballs.

AJD Foundation: Date Night
Andy & Jordan Dalton to host ‘Date Night’ program at Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

Lewis News Conference 4/26 Transcript
Marvin Lewis news conference transcript April 26th. Lewis talks about draft strategy and team needs going into the draft on Thursday night.

Random Bytes

Todd McShay's Ultimate 2016 NFL Draft Preview
It's draft week. Finally. The evaluations are done. The rankings are set (more on those later this week). But before the picks are made, let's take a comprehensive stroll through this draft class. Consider this my 2016 NFL Draft Awards, where I highlight the best of the best in particular categories.

Skip Bayless Leaving ESPN, Next Stop?
Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN, the network has announced. Though nothing is set in stone, it is widely expected that he will be reuniting with his former producer, Jamie Horowitz, who now heads FS1. Per ESPN, Bayless’s final episode of First Take will be the day following the end of the NBA Finals, and Richard Deitsch adds that the program will continue thereafter with someone else in Bayless’s spot.

Five smokescreens to watch out for ahead of NFL draft
Draft season is lying season. And those lies inevitably start showing up in the media during the week before the draft whether it's through unnamed sources or news conference misdirection. Here are five smokescreens we aren't buying as Thursday's draft approaches.

Dolphins Teammates Reportedly Upset by Ndamukong Suh's Absence from Workouts
The Miami Dolphins may have an expensive headache to deal with ahead of the 2016 season. The Miami Herald's Adam H. Beasley reported Tuesday that some Dolphins players are upset with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's decision to skip the start of the team's voluntary veterans minicamp. Suh was one of four defensive starters absent (Mario Williams, Koa Misi and Reshad Jones being the others).

2016 NFL draft NFL Nation mock draft - picks, results, order
NFL Nation reporters played general manager for the teams they cover and executed a first-round mock draft in which trades were not allowed. Here are the results.

Drew Brees of New Orleans Saints takes aim at Roger Goodell after Tom Brady ruling
Drew Brees took aim at the disciplinary power of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday when asked for his reaction to the league's Deflategate penalties against Tom Brady being reinstated by a federal appeals court. The New Orleans Saints quarterback said Goodell's ability to serve as "judge, jury and executioner" has been a "black eye" for the NFL.