With the free agency signing period set to begin Thursday at 4 p.m., the Bengals got one in Wednesday when wide receiver Brandon LaFell agreed to a two-year deal believed to max out at $10 million. LaFell is on a list of their own free agents they have targeted, headed by Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth, starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, and starting right guard Kevin Zeitler, as well as running back Rex Burkhead.
When you consider how many players the Bengals lost in free agency last season, they get top marks for retaining one of their own. LaFell is a solid veteran contributor, which the Cincinnati Bengals need. He's not A.J. Green, but he nicely filled a need in 2016.
Here’s a look at the latest Bengals mock draft. This seven round wish list contains some heavy hitters that could make an impact in stripes.
Dane Brugler and Rob Rang discuss whether the Bengals will still focus in on Reuben Foster, who was kicked out of the Combine.
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The mathematical surprise that gave Pittsburgh Steelers general manger Kevin Colbert an extra third-round Draft pick won't just affect the team at the end of April. It can change the Steelers' approach to free agency, which officially opens on Thursday at 4 p.m. The "legal tampering" period began Tuesday at noon.
The Ravens will lose a pass-catching threat out of the backfield when fullback Kyle Juszczyk signs with the San Francisco 49ers. Could veteran running back Danny Woodhead help replace some of Juszczyk's production?
Garrett's stunning workout at the NFL Combine and interview with the Browns have pretty much clinched their decision: they'll take him at No. 1 unless something unforeseen happens between now and the draft, league sources tell cleveland.com.
It’s been over three years since Malcolm Smith won Super Bowl MVP in the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 decimation of the Denver Broncos. Since then, the linebacker has made a name for himself as a member of the Oakland Raiders, cashing in on his success on the biggest platform in all of football.
Since staying home from the NFL Scouting Combine, McCloughan has remained sidelined from important roster-building decisions with which he would normally be involved.
The Miami Dolphins need defensive end depth. It doesn't matter if it comes in the draft or free agency, but they must come. Cameron Wake is 35 years old. Andre Branch is returning on a new contract. Terrence Fede is a former seventh-rounder and Julius Warmsley is a former undrafted free agent.
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