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A better look at what AJ McCarron’s contract will actually look like. The Steelers are turning down offers for Antonio Brown. A bad free-agent pool won’t stop the money from flying.

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2017 Bengals Mock Draft 6.0: First shot at mocking seven rounds worth

Since the Bengals' 2016 season came to an end Local12.com has done a weekly sampling of several mock drafts focusing primarily on who the team might take with the ninth pick overall in the first round, but this will be my first stab of the offseason at a full seven-rounds of selections for the team.

Bengals claim rookie WR from Dallas

According to multiple reports Wednesday, the Bengals claimed undrafted rookie wide receiver Chris Brown off waivers when the Cowboys cut him after he spent all year on injured reserve with a broken foot suffered in training camp.

Clearing up McCarron's contract status

For the bulk of the last year, there was a public assumption that Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron would be an unrestricted free agent following the 2017 season. But that is not the case.

AFC North Bytes

Antonio Brown Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Steelers WR

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, multiple teams have inquired about Brown's availability, and two teams indicated that Pittsburgh rebuffed their advances. Brown was criticized for his Facebook Live video of head coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech following the team's divisional-round playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Browns hire QB coach David Lee, who spent past 2 years with Bills' Tyrod Taylor

If Hue Jackson needs some inside intel on quarterback Tyrod Taylor, all he has to do now is go down the hall and ask. Jackson hired former Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee for the same position here on Wednesday. He spent the past two seasons coaching Taylor, who went 14-14 as a starter in that span.

Late For Work 2/8: Examining WR Pierre Garcon As A Free-Agent Fit For Ravens

We recently briefly reviewed the projected top-15 pending free-agent wide receivers, and also looked at seven potential salary-cap casualties. But which of those expected receivers to hit the market would make the most sense for the Ravens to target?

Random Bytes

NFL Mock Draft: First, second and third round projections for 2017

NFL teams now have about three weeks to regroup before they descend on Indianapolis for the all-important scouting combine, beginning on Feb. 28. Free agency opens shortly thereafter, with the negotiation period kicking off on March 7 and the new league year hitting on March 9. Shy of a surprise trade in the coming days, that’s really when the draft picture will start to come into focus in earnest.

Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower. The number of true impact players available plummets and plummets. The number of ill-advised contracts grows steeper and steeper. The chasm between the supply of truly significant players on the open market vs. the demand for such players grows deeper and deeper.

Offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams

What will the Steelers do with top free agent Le'Veon Bell? Which teams will target a quarterback in free agency and/or the draft? NFL Nation reporters give one offseason prediction for every team in the league.

Insider Buzz: Chip Kelly Has No Interest in Becoming Alabama's OC

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