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One of the Bengals young players decides to call it quits. A Canadian Football League team refutes reports that they worked out Johnny Manziel. Myles Garrett asks Jerry Jones for a huge favor.

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Portune says Nippert, Paul Brown stadiums should suffice for FC Cincinnati to join MLS

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners supports FC Cincinnati in its bid to bring Major League Soccer to the Queen City, but that doesn’t necessarily extend to the idea of building the club a new stadium.

Lost love leads to Roach's retirement

When football became a job and not a love, Bengals linebacker Trevor Roach knew at the tender age of 24 it was time to retire. Roach, whose NFL career consisted of two seasons, five games, and one post-season tackle, informed his teammates late last season and on Friday it became official when the Bengals put him on the reserve/retired list.

Never too early to mock

Welcome to the earliest Bengals.com Media Mock Draft in history. Barely has Tom Brady’s ripped-off Super Bowl jersey been loaded into the stolen Brinks truck vaulted away in New England lore than here we are trying to sift through the first nine picks of the April 27 first round. So, look. It’s way too early to make a call here. Remember, there are 75 days until they have to make this pick. This is purely fantasy football. So try the de-caf.

Twist in case against Bengals player Adam Jones could lead to lighter penalty

In addition to the charges Adam Jones faces in connection with an incident in downtown Cincinnati in early January, a new war of words has emerged that could spare the Bengals cornerback additional jail time. Advertisement Cincinnati police arrested Jones on Jan. 2, after detectives say he caused a ruckus at a downtown hotel.

Enquirer mock draft: Bengals own options at No. 9

How much credence can you put in any mock draft at this point in time? Honestly, not much. Team needs are about to change dramatically as free agency approaches and the Scouting Combine begins later this month and will move players up and down boards depending on performance and medical evaluations. Who knows what needs the Bengals will fill by re-signing their own or possibly plucking a player off the market.

Cincinnati Bengals Free Agency 2017: Domata Peko

Domata Peko has been one of the marquee players for the Bengals this decade. Whether having a great or subpar performance, he seems to always be brought back for another couple of years.

AFC North Bytes

Expect Steelers to be under salary cap by $20M when free agency begins

With the start of a new NFL year less than a month away, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been working through their crop of impending free agents in recent weeks, signing mostly exclusive-rights free agents up to now.

Crockett Gillmore on the competition at tight end: “They're going to enjoy the bench”

Crockett Gillmore was a 2014 3rd round draft pick out of Colorado State for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens made this selection with the uncertainty of Dennis Pitta's health after he suffered his first hip dislocation and with the departure of Ed Dickson. Not only that, but the team also signed veteran tight end Owen Daniels to add further depth and to let Gillmore develop.

Jones, Riders refute Manziel workout report

Chris Jones and the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Johnny Manziel's spokesperson are refuting a report that the team illegally worked out the quarterback. Earlier Thursday, 3Down Nation reported the Riders worked out the former NFL quarterback in violation of the league's rules, since Manziel is on the negotiation list of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Random Bytes

Myles Garrett isn’t planning to attend the draft

It's not hard to find mock drafts that predict defensive end Myles Garrett will be the first overall pick in Philadelphia in April, but it looks like it will be hard to find Garrett among the draft prospects in attendance for the opening night of the process.

Amy Trask: How to negotiate

In most truly effective negotiations, no one should come out a "winner" or a "loser." That's according to Amy Trask, CBS Sports analyst and author of "You Negotiate Like a Girl: Reflections on a Career in the National Football League." The former NFL exec argues that the best negotiations feel a lot more like collaborations.

John Lynch’s nine-year-old daughter thinks 49ers are "horrible"

After an ugly loss to the Seahawks on Thanksgiving in 2014, the daughter of former 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke called out former 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Twitter. The daughter of new 49ers G.M. John Lynch may be inclined to articulate similar complaints.

NFL 2017 - Quarterback Confidence Index rating for all 32 teams

Teams that have quarterbacks are able to go about the rest of their business in relative peace, sure that the biggest roster question is taken care of, and able to attack the other questions with the confidence that certainly inspires. The Colts have a ton of work to do, sure, but they know what they have at the most important spot.

Myles Garrett Asks Jerry Jones, Cowboys to Trade Up to Select Him in NFL Draft

Myles Garrett wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys, and he let them know as much on Friday. In a video posted by ESPN, the former Texas A&M defensive end pleaded for the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones to make a trade with the Cleveland Browns—who own the No. 1 selection in April's draft—in order to acquire him.