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It's only a few weeks until the 2017 free agency period begins, and there's a question that's been asked often: Will the Cincinnati Bengals be active this year?
The list of 34 NFL players who didn't miss a snap during the past season - compiled by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert - includes Bengals offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler (No. 82 on Pro Football Focus' Top 101 from 2016), Eagles center and former UC Bearcat Jason Kelce, former Anderson High School and Ohio State Buckeyes star Andrew Norwell of the Carolina Panthers and former Bengals defensive back Reggie Nelson of the Oakland Raiders.
The Bengals could lose their number two receiver, Brandon LaFell, to free agency. A veteran like Victor Cruz could help Tyler Boyd and Cody Core continue to grow and mature into talented receivers.
The Cincinnati Bengals have two Pro Bowl pass rushers in Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins. A deep draft class of defensive ends offers them more help to dominate the AFC North.
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Steelers receiver Sammie Coates said via his Twitter account Monday night that he had surgery on his groin. Coates did not specify when the surgery took place, but he did not let on during the season that he was dealing with a lower body injury.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Cleveland Browns consider the wideout their top priority and will meet with his agent during the week. Pryor, who spent his first few seasons in the NFL as a quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, had a big 2016 season as a receiver. He finished with 77 catches for 1,007 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a bright spot for a Browns team that finished with a 1-15 record.
The Ravens season did not finish in the manner they were hoping, so it's time to look to the offseason to make the necessary improvements. With Steve Smith Sr. and Zach Orr retiring, the team has some major areas of need.
The fourth annual NFLPA Externship kicks off in record fashion Monday with 41 players starting positions at 15 distinguished organizations. The program is unlike any other opportunity offered to professional athletes, as current and transitioning players seek to gain practical experience in areas they may want to pursue after football. This season saw an unprecedented 86 players apply online for a spot. After narrowing the field, each member of the 2017 NFLPA Externship class was matched with companies and industries that best fit their interests and career goals.
We spent Super Bowl Sunday with the head of the biggest sports book in Vegas—where lots of people lost money because there was no safety, Gostkowski’s extra-point miss was big, and the Patriots’ comeback turned everything upside-down.
Can Chicago make a clean break from Jay Cutler? Will the Cowboys move on from CB Morris Claiborne? NFL Nation reporters pick a player who needs a change of scenery for all 32 NFL teams.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith is reportedly under investigation for a domestic violence incident. TMZ Sports reported Monday that police in San Francisco—where Smith owns a home—were called Saturday morning and responded to an incident at a house there.