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Bengals Bytes (2/10): Why test it?

The Bengals have drafted several defensive backs in preparation to let Dre Kirkpatrick walk, but why would they let such a talented player walk? The Ravens’ mock drafts are all over the place. Which teams are landing spots for Tony Romo?

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Hobson's Choice: feeling a draft

We’ve been saying it since the season ended. Whitworth and Kirkpatrick seem to be their free-agent priorities, although with Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson in the que at cornerback I think they could survive the loss of Kirkpatrick easier than they did last season’s departure of Marvin Jones. But why find out?

Grand jury date postponed in case for Adam Jones of Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones' case remains on hold. Hamilton County court records show the date for possible grand jury action has been delayed from Friday until March 23. Jones has been getting treatment for alcohol and anger issues.

Bengals take Stanford DE Solomon Thomas in Todd McShay's mock draft

It wouldn't be a surprise if the Cincinnati Bengals try to stick to their "best player available" theory in the 2017 draft. But if they draft for need instead, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's latest mock draft would make a lot of sense.

Jail nurse 'upset' about handling of Bengals' Adam 'Pacman' Jones case

The jail nurse who said Bengals’ player Adam “Pacman” Jones spit on her is questioning why no one from the prosecutor’s office contacted her and is "very upset" about the process, her attorney said. The nurse has retained attorney Robert Karl, who told The Enquirer he has tried to contact officials including Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, but hasn’t received any response.

Bengals' George Iloka: Undergoes minor shoulder procedure

Iloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

AFC North Bytes

Ladarious Green’s season from hell should have Steelers fans looking forward

If you are talking to a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, bring up the name Ladarius Green and see what they say. There is a good chance some of the responses look, or sound, like this: "What a waste of money." "Too bad the Steelers bought damaged goods." "The guy should just retire after all those concussions." Green had a rough year last year, there is no doubting that, but fans of the black and gold need to realize a few things surrounding the situation.

Josh McCown intends to keep playing before he turns to coaching

Before he departed to his offseason home in Charlotte, NC, Josh McCown had a conversation about coaching with Browns coach Hue Jackson. It spawned some soul-searching with him and has family and resulted in McCown’s decision to pursue a 15th NFL season at the age of 37.

Mock drafts all over the map for Ravens, and that probably won't change

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay put out his second mock draft this week and he has the Ravens using the 16th overall pick on Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell after his first one projected them to take Missouri defensive end Charles Harris.

Random Bytes

Tony Romo - Tracking every possible landing spot for 2017

The biggest question hanging over the NFL this offseason is the future of Tony Romo. With Dak Prescott locked in as the Cowboys' future at quarterback, if Tony wants to play, he'll need to be elsewhere. And Dallas has some incentive to move on.

Which NFL teams have most success finding Undrafted Free Agents?

I combed through each team's original undrafted free agents on the roster last season to see who has had the most success of late on the undrafted free agent market and who has not. Here are the results of my findings based on numbers from last season. I will henceforth in this piece refer to each team's original undrafted free agents as UDFA's

NFL Free Agents 2017: How Much Are Top Players Worth in This Year's Market?

Much will be made about Bill Belichick's place in history now that the coach has secured his fifth Super Bowl with the Patriots. I'm here to tell you coaching is the second-best job he does. Because as amazing and meticulously prepared as he looks on the sidelines, he’s even better as the Patriots' de facto general manager. Trust me—I worked in his front office.

Carson Palmer 'excited' to return to Cardinals in 2017

The Arizona Cardinals will have the band back together for another tour in 2017. Quarterback Carson Palmer confirmed Thursday he would return for his 15th NFL season. Once Larry Fitzgerald announced last week that he would return next season, it seemed inevitable the quarterback wouldn't retire. Palmer, 37, told the team's official website he wanted to ensure he was physically ready for another grueling NFL season.