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Bengals Bytes (3/26): Odds favor Vegas

Why the Bengals finally decided to part ways with one of their longest tenured line backers. The Browns plan to trade or cut Josh Gordon if he is reinstated. All signs are pointing towards the Raiders finally moving to Vegas.

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Bengals move Maualuga as new LB corps takes shape

Rey Maualuga, who has played in the most postseasons by a linebacker in Bengals history, saw his career in Cincinnati end with last weeek's signing of Kevin Minter in free agency but it ended officially when the club terminated his contract Saturday with a year left,

Bengals' addition of Kevin Minter signaled the end for Rey Maualuga

The Bengals released veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga on Saturday, marking the end of an eight-year tenure in Cincinnati. Maualuga was a longtime fixture in the middle for the Bengals, but it was clear from the start of the 2016 season that it could be his last.

AFC North Bytes

Josh Gordon Reportedly Likely to Be Traded or Released by Browns If Reinstated

Josh Gordon's days with the Cleveland Browns may be numbered should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell formally reinstate him, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano reported Friday (h/t Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot). Shortly before he was set to return to the field, the NFL suspended Gordon indefinitely last October. Graziano spoke to a source who said the league could rule on Gordon's availability for 2017 by late April or early May.

Eisenberg: Ravens Need More 'Diva' Than 'Good Soldier' In Their Receivers

He certainly had reason to grouse and grumble if he so chose. After leading the team with 75 catches the year before, Aiken found himself on the outer fringes of the offense, playing more on special teams than when the Ravens had the ball. He told an interviewer earlier this week that he felt like a forgotten man.

The Pittsburgh Steelers still have needs, previewing the NFL Draft and more

With the departure of Markus Wheaton in free agency, Martavis Bryant still under suspension by the league for violating its substance abuse policy and Sammie Coates missing time with various injuries in 2016 and undergoing offseason groin surgery, the Steelers had incentive to add to their receiving corps.

Random Bytes

Mayor Libby Schaaf Calls 'Bulls--t' on Rumors About Oakland Proposal for Raiders

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf continues to make her case to keep the Raiders in California, speaking at a rally Saturday to debunk rumors a new stadium proposal has stalled. Via Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Schaaf told the NFL and the Raiders to focus on "what we have on the table right now" regarding a new stadium proposal

Cam Newton must evolve his game; why Kap remains un-signed

Now, I know he is only one season removed from earning the league's MVP award after guiding the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl berth, but if he wants to be a legend, he needs to find a way to keep his team in title contention year after year.

Raiders’ move to Las Vegas looks like a certain bet

On Feb. 11, 2016, Raiders owner Mark Davis and Oakland city officials got together at Oracle Arena and smiled in front of all the TV cameras. They agreed to a one-year lease extension at the Coliseum and pledged to work together to build a permanent facility for the football team. They haven’t met since.

Derek Carr helped land Cook, Patterson in free agency

Derek Carr took a hands on this offseason, helping the Raiders and offensive coordinator Todd Downing land two highly desired free agents: tight end Jared Cook and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.