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Bengals Bytes (2/13): Blame game

Who is really to blame when our free agents leave for other teams? The Browns should learn to laugh with Myles Garrett. Tom Brady recounts the plays that led to his fifth Super Bowl win.

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Cincinnati Bengals: Don't Blame The Players For Leaving In Free Agency

The Cincinnati Bengals have 14 unrestricted free agents heading into this off-season’s free agency period. If they leave, why should you blame them?

AFC North Bytes

Pittsburgh Steelers Guide to the 2017 Free Agent Market

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't a team known to make many free agent additions in a given offseason, but they also aren't completely silent when the NFL's new league years begin. In the recent past, veteran signings like Mike Mitchell, Arthur Moats, Darrius Heyward-Bey and DeAngelo Williams have not just been given new deals by the Steelers but have also become significant contributors.

Browns should laugh with Myles Garrett and not deter from taking him No. 1

Browns fans and Cleveland media did a giant “Gasp! How dare he?” over Garrett’s “trade for me” video, taking it way too seriously. I’ve heard people say that at the very least, Garrett’s comments – interpreted as anti-Cleveland -- are signs of character flaw. Some have even suggested Garrett is trying to influence the Browns from drafting him. To me, these over-reactions are the product of the long-standing Cleveland sports inferiority complex.

Baltimore Ravens: 3 Reasons They Should Switch To 4-3 Defense

The Baltimore Ravens have spent over a decade as a 3-4 defense. When they made the move, to the 3-4 it made a ton of sense. The Ravens have always had great outside linebackers. They had Peter Boulware, Terrell Suggs and Jarrett Johnson, outside linebackers that were perfect for their 3-4 scheme. Ray Lewis was the head hunting linebacker, and he always had a good sidekick at the inside linebacker position.

Random Bytes

Former NFL, Georgia LB Quentin Moses Among 3 People Killed in House Fire

Former Georgia and NFL linebacker Quentin Moses died in a house fire in Monroe, Georgia, according to Ellen Eldridge of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Andria Godard, 31, and her 10-year-old daughter, Jasmine Godard, also died in the fire. Moses was 33.

Hall of Fame voter points to T.O.’s “Ruthian numbers”

The debate regarding the second consecutive snubbing of Terrell Owens continues. The latest chapter features Peter King of (who supports Owens’ candidacy for Canton) sharing an interesting quote from Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News (who also supports Owens) regarding the balance between the player’s stats and his locker-room reputation.

Patriots file for “Blitz for Six” trademark

During their latest victory parade, Patriots coach Bill Belichick failed to stir the crowd with a chant of “No days off,” perhaps because everyone he was trying to get to say it was taking a day off to celebrate. Now they have another corny slogan to avoid.

Tom Brady, in Montana, on Super Bowl 51 comeback story

From his hideaway in Montana, the Patriots QB recounts the plays that led to New England’s fifth title and explains why it wasn’t his best game ever. Plus more on the Falcons, Terrell Owens, John Lynch and 10 Things