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What can Andy Dalton do to reach that next step? Adrian Peterson’s contract could have a huge impact on Le’Veon Bell’s deal. Legal sports betting could have an impact on NFL ratings -- so will the league consider it?

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Happy Birthday case

Ken Anderson, the Bengals all-time leading passer, turns 68 later this week on Wednesday and in what has become an annual rite of the Ides of February we honor his birthday building his case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame with ten stats.

Bengals give CB Benwikere fresh start

The Bengals are in the kick-the-tires mode of the offseason and on Tuesday that meant they agreed to a one-year deal with a young but experienced cornerback in former Panther Bene Benwikere. Benwikere, a fifth-round pick of the Panthers in 2014 who played nearly 800 snaps for the 2015 NFC champs, agreed to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. After a stunning release four games into last season and following it up with stints on the practice squads in Miami and Green Bay, he's ready for a fresh start.

Bengals Host Event for Local Athletic Officials

The InSideOut Initiative, in partnership with the Bengals, the NFL Foundation and the Ohio High School Athletic Association, hosted an event for local school athletic officials at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday.

Roundup of mock drafts for the Cincinnati Bengals pick at No. 9

Mock draft season is in full swing even though free agency has yet to begin and no one truly knows what each team will need when the NFL Draft gets underway April 27 in Philadelphia. The Cincinnati Bengals are picking in the top 10 for the first time since 2011 when they selected A.J. Green fourth overall.

How Bengals' Andy Dalton Can Reach The Next Level

The past six years have been a blur for most Bengals fans. It seems like only yesterday that Andy Dalton was a wide-eyed rookie in the NFL. During that 2011 season, he endured the typical highs and lows of life as a fresh-faced signal caller. But, it’s time to throw the past aside. The 2017 season will be the time for Dalton to prove he has what it takes to lead the Bengals to a playoff victory and beyond.

AFC North Bytes

How Adrian Peterson factors into Le'Veon Bell's contract future

Free-agent running back Le'Veon Bell's negotiation with the Pittsburgh Steelers could get complicated, but at the core it's actually quite simple. Just follow the snow tracks to Minneapolis, Minnesota, the birthplace of Adrian Peterson's milestone $100-million contract in 2011.

Browns buzz on Jimmy Garoppolo, Myles Garrett, Tyrod Taylor, Terrelle Pryor, Isaiah Crowell and more

A lot has transpired since the end of the Senior Bowl and the Super Bowl, and the Browns have been at the forefront of NFL news because of their No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett, Jimmy Garoppolo, Terrelle Pryor and more. Here's some of the buzz we've been hearing from the past week

A position-by-position look at where Ravens rank by salary cap hit

is is the time of year when you hear plenty about salary cap numbers. Well, it never hurts to have some context to go with those numbers. Below is a look at where Ravens rank at their respective positions in terms of their salary cap numbers for 2017

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Study says legal sports betting would boost NFL TV ratings and ad revenue

It’s no secret that a large chunk of the NFL’s runaway dominance of the American sports market is due to gambling, even though it’s only legal in one state. A recent study has shown the NFL's resistance to embracing sports gambling might be costing the league on TV and in ad revenue.

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: White House Visit Has Players Soul-Searching

I asked one of the biggest names in sports about one of the hottest topics in sports: If your team won a championship, would you take the customary trip to the White House? Or would you boycott it because you and/or your players disapproved of President Donald Trump's policies? Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Mavericks and a longtime critic of Trump, answered succinctly.

Julian Edelman on Jimmy Garoppolo: He’s got Favre/Rodgers confidence

There’s no shortage of intrigue about whether the Patriots will be looking to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason and one of the team’s players is doing his best to make sure that Garoppolo’s stock is as high as possible when and if discussions start on that front.

Report: Broncos want to talk to Victor Cruz

Before wide receiver Victor Cruz was released by the Giants, he said that getting an opportunity to play out of the slot again “would definitely be great.” Now that he’s a free agent, Cruz can prioritize that opportunity when it comes to finding a new team. One opportunity may lie in Denver.