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Chris Crocker's help is invaluable for Josh Shaw, who's transitioning to safety. Everything you need to know about Giovani Bernard's new contract extension. And, Von Miller gets a huge offer from the Broncos, but still doesn't think it's enough.

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Ref? Coach? Former Bengals DB Chris Crocker stays busy in retirement
Someday, but definitely not today, former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Chris Crocker will have an important decision to make. Does he continue down the path he started before his playing career was over and try to be a referee? Or does he trade in his zebra stripes for a spot on the sideline, teaching young players the tools and tricks that allowed him to enjoy an 11-season playing career? Decisions, decisions.

Cincinnati Bengals sign Giovani Bernard to three-year extension
The Cincinnati Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a three-year extension on Wednesday. Financial terms were not announced, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the contract is worth $15.5 million.

Dealing dreams
After signing his three-year extension through 2019 for reportedly $15.5 million Wednesday afternoon, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard twirled the key chain to his 2009 minivan and made some plans. "I need some coolant. The air conditioner isn’t working," Bernard said. It’s always good when one of the good guys wins and who is a better guy than Bernard?

Bengals extend running back Giovani Bernard for $15.5M
The phone rang, and rang. One of Giovani Bernard's first calls after signing a three-year, $15.5 million extension with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday was to his father, Yvens, at his dry cleaning business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There was no answer.

Cincinnati Bengals developing Josh Shaw at safety
The Josh Shaw expansion project received a valuable boost this week with the addition of former Bengals safety Chris Crocker as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Shaw, a cornerback who was the team’s fourth-round pick last year out of USC, is in his third week of learning to play safety.

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The NFL's Dream Coaching Staff
NFL players are named to Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams every year, but outside of Coach of the Year honors, the men who guide those players to greatness often don’t get enough recognition. To try and right that wrong, here is a dream coaching staff from a pool of current coaches around the league. Some of our choices for coordinators and position coaches are currently head coaches, like Bruce Arians and Dan Quinn. Slotting them into a different role here doesn't take away from the jobs they're currently doing in their leading roles—it's just that there's only one true choice for the top spot here. Without further ado, here are the men who make up our ultimate NFL coaching staff.

2017 NFL Draft Player Preview: Christian McCaffrey
Stanford has produced a lot of hard-nosed running-game players for the NFL with offensive linemen, tight ends, and halfbacks in recent years. A lot was made when Barry Sanders' son signed to play for the Cardinal, but it was Ed McCaffrey's son who became a superstar. In 2015, McCaffrey dominated college football. He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, and in this writer's opinion, he should have won the award as the best player in college football.

Player hoodies banned, assistant coaches barred from field as part of NFL rule updates
The NFL updated its rules regarding players wearing hoodies during games and assistant coaches entering the field of play.

Denver Broncos make $114 million offer to Von Miller
Despite a proposed offer by the Denver Broncos of a six-year, $114.5 million deal to linebacker Von Miller, there is no agreement in sight and the sides are no longer negotiating at this time, sources close to the team told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jets leave Ryan Fitzpatrick’s locker open while he rescues kid from tree
Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t have a contract with the Jets, but he still has a locker, in yet another sign that this summer’s most drawn-out negotiation is going to end positively. According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the quarterback’s old spot doesn’t have a nameplate over it, but is otherwise ready for him to move back in.

Richard Sherman Comments on Publicly Funded Stadiums, Defensive Rules and More
Seattle Seahawks superstar cornerback Richard Sherman stated this week that one of his top priorities if he were running for president would be eliminating the use of public money to build new stadiums. Eric Mandel of MyNorthwest.com passed along the outspoken defender's comments that he made during a radio appearance with John Clayton on 710 ESPN Seattle. Sherman believes wealthy team owners should be the ones footing the bill.

Aaron Hernandez hires former Casey Anthony legal team
Baez once represented Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty in 2011 in the death of her two-year-old daughter. In April 2015, a Massachusetts jury found Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder following the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The verdict carried a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole. As part of the conviction, Hernandez was granted an appeal, and in July 2015, a judge upheld the verdict.