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Bengals Bytes (5/31): Road to redemption

Cedric Peerman opens up about following up his season filled with accolades. Several Broncos who want new contracts are still showing up to work, and the Panthers want to do something a team hasn't done for a long time.

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Pro Bowler Peerman up to the challenge
Of all the Cincinnati Bengals that ended 2015 with accolades, either from peers or media outlets handing out awards or compiling annual "best of" lists, perhaps the quietest member of the team that was recognized as one of the league’s best at what he does was Cedric Peerman.

Why The Bengals Will Win The AFC North
The time has come for OTAs, mini camps and predictions. The weather is warm and the feel of football is making a comeback. The Cincinnati Bengals will also be attempting a comeback of sorts. They’ll be trying to repeat as AFC North champs. If the current trend continues, there should be nothing to deter their plans. But, as Bengals faithful know, anything can happen in the Nasty North.

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Denver Broncos keep focus despite team's financial decisions
Football love may be a many splendored thing, but it doesn't always come with the cash. The Denver Broncos routinely profess their love for their players, and why not with this current group, since the roster represents the core of the defending Super Bowl champion. But decisions get made every offseason, including this one, and there are some Broncos who have tried to live with those decisions as they grind through the team's offseason workouts.

Suspended Dion Jordan of Miami Dolphins to seek reinstatement
Suspended Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement Wednesday, he told USA Today Sports, saying he "never" had a drug problem and hasn't used any illegal substances for over two years. Jordan, third overall pick in the 2013 draft, was suspended for the entire 2015 season after one of his samples was diluted. He has been suspended three times during his brief NFL career.

New York Jets offering Ryan Fitzpatrick $12 million in first year
The New York Jets' three-year offer to free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, which has been on the table for at least two months, includes $12 million in the first year, a league source confirmed Friday night. The hang up, from the Fitzpatrick perspective, is the second- and third-year payout. The combined salary for 2017 and 2018 is $12 million, making it a three-year $24 million offer. He would earn $6 million in each of the final two years, according to multiple reports. It's not known how much of that, if any, is guaranteed.

Bruce Irvin Comments on Raiders Defense, Khalil Mack and More
Oakland Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin appears confident about his new team's playoff chances this upcoming season, as he sees his team breaking out in 2016. Irvin, who signed with Oakland during the offseason, said he was brought in to be a leader for a young team. The former Seattle Seahawks defender feels the Raiders are ready to take the next step

Seantrel Henderson's Agent Responds to Report Bills Haven't Heard from OT
Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is reportedly set to return to the Buffalo Bills Tuesday after two offseason surgeries for Crohn's disease, per Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News.   This comes after a previous report from Harry Scull Jr. of the Buffalo News (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) that said the Bills hadn’t heard from the right tackle since the end of the 2015 campaign.

Aaron Rodgers Comments on Playing Golf with President Barack Obama
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks as calm and composed as anyone at his position on the gridiron, but hitting the links with President Barack Obama was a different story.   Per Jason Wilde of, Rodgers spoke to ex-teammate A.J. Hawk in a recent podcast interview about the experience of playing golf in a foursome with the United States' 44th president

Carolina Panthers' Ron Rivera eyes return to Super Bowl
No Super Bowl loser has been back to the big game the next season in 23 years. But don’t bet against Riverboat Ron Rivera and the Panthers, who have already begun their climb back to the top. Our guest columnist also tackles Las Vegas, Jacksonville optimism, the Ryan bros and much more

Jets' Pryor: 'I haven't even hit the ceiling fan yet'
Calvin Pryor shook off a shaky rookie season to produce a promising campaign in 2015. The Jets safety, though, insists we still haven't seen him at full power.