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AJ McCarron is going into a new business venture. Could the Browns be trying to move back from the first overall pick? The NFL will be fining the players involved with the arm wrestling tournament in Vegas.

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McMullen - Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis Is Not A Typical Lame Duck

When it comes to NFL coaches, the traditional way of thinking is to avoid lame-duck seasons at all costs, but Bengals owner Mike Brown has never concerned himself with convention in Cincinnati. In a different environment, having a coach enter the final year of his contract without an extension sends a number of signals, and none of them are positive.

San Francisco 49ers sign LB Jayson DiManche

The 49ers made a transaction on Friday, signing former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche to a contract. DiManche (6-1, 245) joined the Bengals in 2013 as an undrafted free agent signing out of Southern Illinois. DiManche played in 28 games with the Bengals in 2013 and 2014 and made 28 tackles, 15 of them on special teams.

Report: AJ McCarron will open new sushi restaurant in Tuscaloosa

AJ McCarron clearly loved his time in Tuscaloosa, which included lots of winning football as the starting quarterback of the Crimson Tide. And if his new venture is a success, there are likely to be many new great memories made near the home of the Crimson Tide in the years to come. According to a report from Christina Ausley of The Crimson White, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback is set to open a sushi restaurant in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Familiar faces in Bengals 2017 pre-season schedule

Marvin Lewis finds himself among familiar faces when he opens his 15th year as the Bengals head coach in a pre-season schedule that calls for a Paul Brown Stadium opener against Tampa Bay on the weekend of Aug. 10-14 wjhen the Bucs unveil the Jameis Winston-DeSean Jackson combo and another nationally-televised game when they go to Washington Aug. 27.

Eifert: 'Ready to go by go time'

How good is it to see Tyler Eifert and his impish smile again after he has attacked one weight machine after the other? That would be 24-12-1 good. The Bengals’ record when their Pro Bowl tight end is in the game.

Bengals at 9: Fournette unlike any other RB

Leonard Fournette says he never dreamed about playing in the NFL growing up. He never ran through his backyard in New Orleans yelling the name of a famous running back. The list of running backs he emulated is short.

AFC North Bytes

Could The Cleveland Browns Be Looking To Trade The No. 1 Overall Draft Pick In NFL Draft?

While the Cleveland Browns haven’t had a winning season since 2007, their new front office has been willing to make some out-of-the-box moves which could start to pay serious dividends for the franchise.

Preston: Even if Ravens have a rookie center in their sights, veteran Nick Mangold would be a good addition

During a visit to training camp last summer, a friend watched center Jeremy Zuttah mess up so much while snapping the ball out of the shotgun that she inquired if the Ravens were conducting some type of fumble drill.

Pittsburgh Steelers could draft complement to Le'Veon Bell at RB

The Pittsburgh Steelers can go several different directions in the draft, but my belief is somewhere, in some round, the Steelers will take a running back to complement Le'Veon Bell, who touched the ball 1,163 times per game (OK, 28) last season.

Random Bytes

Air raid QBs tend to be NFL busts. Will Patrick Mahomes or Davis Webb beat odds?

Every year, at least one NFL draft prospect intrigues fans by having cranked out hilarious stats in college. This often comes by way of the air raid offense, a pass-first spread popularized at the power-conference level by Mike Leach and evolved by his coaching tree. Pieces of its up-tempo, streamlined, wide-distribution style have filtered to the NFL, but it’s still mostly for the amateur levels.

Junior Galette Arrested for Disorderly Conduct Following Fight

Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette was arrested Friday for disorderly conduct and failure to comply, per Doug Walker of WLOX. He was one of 52 arrests made during Biloxi Black Beach Weekend in Mississippi. Galette reportedly got into a fight and ran away from the scene at MGM Park.

NFL Players Reportedly to Be Fined for Participating in Las Vegas Arm Wrestling

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King were among the active NFL players who participated in the event. Former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, who is currently contemplating a comeback, was also among the headliners.

2017 NFL Draft: Predicting This Year's Draft-Day Slides

An appearance on this draft sliders list does not mean a prospect is unfit for the NFL or doomed to the all-time bust bin. It does not necessarily mean he has bad game film, has bad workout results, is a bad apple or gave bad interviews with bad breath.