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The Bengals are one of the poorest franchises in the NFL, but why don’t they sell the naming rights for their stadium to fix that? Barack Obama paid his respects at Dan Rooney’s funeral. Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.

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Adam Jones Is Too Dumb To Answer An Easy Question, But Smart Enough To Know That He'll Get Away With Anything

Adam Jones doesn't get it. Except that he does. You can't count on Adam Jones for much, but when it comes to finding new levels of dumb, he's a picture of reliability.

Former Bengals, Ohio State linebacker to retire from NFL

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Former Bengals and Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk is going to sign a one-day contract with the Green Bay Packers so that he can retire with the team that originally drafted him into the NFL.

Notes: Brown, Lewis head Bengals contingent to Rooney funeral; PBS hosts local prospects

Bengals president Mike Brown and his children, accompanied by head coach Marvin Lewis, attended Steelers owner Dan Rooney’s funeral Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn and vice president/ player personnel Paul Brown joined their father to pay respects to the boss of their long-time division rival. Rooney, 84, and Mike Brown were friends for more than 60 years in a relationship that stretched back to the days Brown’s father Paul coached Cleveland in the embryonic stages of the Browns-Steelers rivalry.

Why don't NFL-poor Bengals sell stadium name?

The Cincinnati Bengals rank near the bottom of the NFL in revenue and have been outspoken about the structural problems of doing business in the NFL, including the widening disparity between the league’s richest and poorest teams. Yet the Bengals could have more money if they wanted. They play in one of the few stadiums in the league that has never been named after a corporation in exchange for millions of dollars annually.

Cincinnati Bengals hold local player workout

Marcus Oliver was in the middle of the action Tuesday afternoon, but he’s eager to show he be a factor out on the edge the way he did during his days at Hamilton High School.

Bengals draft strategy: Safeties

Nine of 10. The Bengals invested last offseason in both starting safeties, George Iloka (five years, $30 million) and Shawn Williams (four years, $19.5 million) through the duration of their primes. Also, backups Derron Smith and 2016 seventh-round pick Clayton Fedejelem showed promise in small sample sizes.

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Ravens showing optimism with Reuben Foster's pre-draft visit

Baltimore is expected to have a pre-draft visit with Reuben Foster, the consensus No. 1 inside linebacker in the draft, on Wednesday.

Former President Barack Obama attends Dan Rooney's Pittsburgh funeral

Former President Barack Obama was among those who attended Tuesday’s funeral for Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney. Rooney served as Obama's ambassador to Ireland.

Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden touts Myles Garrett for first pick in draft

The Cleveland Browns own the NFL draft's first pick and Joe Haden says Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is his choice to go No. 1.

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Derek Barnett and the Importance of Cornering

Jon Ledyard turns to film to highlight how Derek Barnett's lack of cornering ability will hold him back from being an elite edge rushing prospect.

Cris Collinsworth's 2017 NFL Mock Draft

With less than two weeks remaining until the league descends upon Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft, Cris Collinsworth takes his best pass at Round 1.

The NFL concussion protocol cannot save football

Herm Edwards may love football more than anyone on Earth has ever loved football. He played 10 seasons, coached for 22, and now resides in television sets, from which he tells people all about football. And he admits that, as a football lover, he would absolutely try to fake the NFL concussion protocol if he were playing today.

Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison cell

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, acquitted of a double murder just days ago, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning, Massachusetts prisons officials said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement.