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Bengals Bytes (3/24): Breakfast at Johnny’s

After letting Rex Burkhead walk in free agency, it is clear they plan to use the draft to fill his spot. Kamar Aiken doesn’t feel like the Ravens gave him a fair shot to prove himself. A team had breakfast with Johnny Manziel.

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Bengals' AJ McCarron Should Prepare For Free Agent Madness

With the 2017 NFL season bearing down, thoughts are clearly about how well the Bengals will perform. But, after another wild ride on the free agency merry-go-round, things could get sticky for the future. After losing stout players and locker room leaders to the smell of big money, there’s a chance it all happens again in 2018. AJ McCarron is set to wander into the strange world of agents and cash, after this season.

Bengals will try to upgrade their running backs in 2017 draft

Now that the Cincinnati Bengals are two weeks into free agency, they have a more accurate picture of how the roster will look heading into the 2017 draft. We're taking a look at each position, how it changed in free agency and where it stands now.

Bengals' ST coordinator: Peerman's return 'immense'

The Bengals assured leadership will return on special teams by re-signing running back Cedric Peerman on Thursday, The Enquirer confirmed. This is a one-year contract.

AFC North Bytes

Browns Mailbag: How much will Browns prioritize WR in 2017 Draft?

This topic has been a hot one since Day 2 of free agency, when Terrelle Pryor, who led Cleveland in all receiving categories last season, signed with Washington. One day earlier, the Browns signed Kenny Britt, a veteran receiver who put up similar numbers to Pryor last year in his final season with the Rams. Even if Pryor had returned, the need to add bodies to the wide receiver room would be there.

Report: Steelers don't plan to re-sign Shamarko Thomas

Shamarko Thomas' days as a member of the Steelers may be numbered. On Wednesday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote that the team doesn't plan on re-signing Thomas, who remains on the open market after the Steelers elected not to sign him before the start of free agency season.

Kamar Aiken feels Ravens didn't give him fair chance

Kamar Aiken just wants a chance to compete for playing time. The new Indianapolis Colts receiver believes he wasn't afforded a fair shake as a member of the Baltimore Ravens

Random Bytes

Why Hasn't Anyone Signed Adrian Peterson Yet?

In a society where attention spans are so short, it's easy to forget, wait, what was I saying—oh yes—it's easy to forget just how good Adrian Peterson was. How devastating. How powerful. How nearly unprecedented.

Mark Sanchez Reportedly to Sign Contract with Bears After 1 Year with Cowboys

The Chicago Bears will reportedly add quarterback depth in the form of Mark Sanchez. On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported the Bears are expected to sign the 2009 No. 5 overall pick. This comes after Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Tuesday Sanchez was planning to visit Chicago.

Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Latest Pro Day Buzz and Updated 2017 Mock Draft

NFL general managers are paid big money to be decision-makers. Who to sign, who to cut, what trades to take and which to turn down. But at the heart of running the team, you must be able to identify and evaluate talent. And that's why pro days are huge. But what do you do when multiple Power Five schools schedule a pro day on the same date? "Run like hell" is what one general manager told me.

Sean Payton, Saints have interest in Johnny Manziel

Could the Johnny Manziel comeback tour now have an ounce of credibility? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the wayward quarterback and former Browns first-round pick was spotted with Saints head coach Sean Payton at breakfast during last month's Super Bowl, per sources informed of the meeting. The two discussed a return to the NFL.