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Bengals Bytes (3/19): Fitting under the cap

Take a behind the scene look at how teams manage to get all their players under the cap. The Bengals bolster their defense by bringing in Kevin Minter. Should the Browns consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick?

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Minter brings speed, savvy

Marvin Lewis and his new linebacker, Kevin Minter, staged their version of “The Breakfast Club,” and the Bengals ended up with another leader around the coffee pot. Minter, the captain of Arizona’s second-ranked defense, agreed to sign on Saturday after meeting Lewis for breakfast in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday before his new head coach met with the NFL Competition Committee.

Kevin Minter addition gives boost to Cincinnati Bengals linebackers

The Bengals will sign free-agent linebacker Kevin Minter, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Minter is the second outside free agent the Bengals have landed this spring, joining offensive lineman Andre Smith, who was drafted by the Bengals but spent a season with the Minnesota Vikings.

AFC North Bytes

Colin Kaepernick, ignored by the NFL, deserves a strong look in Cleveland: Doug Lesmerises

Imagine if Jimmy Garoppolo had quarterbacked a team to a Super Bowl. Bill Belichick's asking price would start with a cabinet position in Washington, a lifetime supply of hooded sweatshirts and that island Adidas was offering at the NFL Combine.

Roethlisberger Says He's "Leaning Towards" Playing In 2017

While Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has yet to say publicly that he’s fully committed to playing in 2017, many people obviously believe that’s his plan. On Friday, Roethlisberger was asked if he’s coming back for the 2017 season during his speaking appearance at the Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and after a little urging from the crowd Roethlisberger responded.

Should Ravens continue to go 'Chargers East' by adding King Dunlap?

Dunlap and Ryan Clady are the best available offensive tackles remaining in free agency. If safety Eric Weddle remains the Ravens' top recruiter, Dunlap could be the latest Chargers player to make the cross-country exodus, along with running back Danny Woodhead.

Random Bytes

NFL Free Agency 2017: Updated Salary-Cap Status for Every Team

There's an old saying in business that it takes money to make money. In the NFL, it's a little different. It takes money to acquire players. And without those players, teams aren't going to win much. Ask the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.

Jets, Josh McCown talking contract parameters

The Jets have plenty of questions for 2017. One could be answered soon. Via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the Jets and quarterback Josh McCown have discussed contract parameters. Which suggests that his visit to the team is going well.

Behind the scenes: How NFL teams fit roster under salary cap

When the Packers gave Brett Favre the NFL's first $100 million contract in 2001 — well, first "$100 million contract," because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn't ultimately worth the advertised amount — the team structured it to create extra space under the salary cap for other signings. So other players' signings were put on hold by the Packers until Favre's could be finalized. Easier said than done.

Insider Buzz: Adrian Peterson 'Frustrated' with Free Agency, Raiders

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