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Bengals Bytes (4/2): Setting off from home

The Bengals want to start the season at home for the first time in a very long time. Le’Veon Bell suggests he wasn’t joking about sitting out the whole season. Tom Brady plays a fairly elaborate April Fool’s joke.

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Bengals re-sign veteran defensive lineman Gilberry

The Bengals on Thursday announced they have re-signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Wallace Gilberry to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Gilberry is a 10th-year player in 2017.

Bengals asking NFL to open season at home

Since drafting the dynamic duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green in 2011, the Cincinnati Bengals have yet to play a season opener at home. They'd like that to change in 2017. The Bengals have requested that NFL schedule-makers end the string and provide them a Week 1 home game, team owner Mike Brown said Wednesday.

AFC North Bytes

Le’Veon Bell suggests he’s not joking

If Le’Veon Bell is serious about his “I may sit out the whole year” message via Twitter, he picked a strange day to float that notion. After retiring from football on the last April Fool’s Day, his 4/1/17 tweet was widely regarded as #fakenews.

Could Myles Garrett be the one to change Browns draft fortunes? -- Bud Shaw's You Said It

Cleveland sports fans have questions about the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians. We have answers (sort of). You Said It was created on the premise that the only thing Cleveland sports fans needed more than a championship was a sense of humor.

Baltimore Ravens Claim They're Taking a Boat to 2017 London Game in April Fool's Day Joke

If you thought your favorite sports franchises were above playing pranks on their fans, guess again. The Baltimore Ravens released what appeared to be a standard press release on Saturday morning, announcing they'd be traveling via boat to their Week Two game in London next fall.

Random Bytes

Tom Brady Posts Boston Globe Front Page Featuring Patriots' Super Bowl LI Loss

Nobody can take a story at face value on April 1, a day when lying is celebrated by all. So just in case any of Tom Brady's Instagram followers somehow forgot Super Bowl LI's final outcome, the New England Patriots rallied from down 28-3 to defeat the Atlanta Falcons.

Car transporting Patriots’ Lombardi Trophy strikes deer

The Patriots’ most recent Super Bowl spoil was involved in a collision Friday evening when a car that was transporting it for a public appearance in Maine struck a deer, a team spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press. The spokesman reportedly characterized the driver as “unhurt” and the trophy “unscathed.”

B/R's NFL Super Bowl Odds After Early Free Agency

It's important to state the obvious: A lot can and will change between now and next Feb. 4, when two NFL teams to be determined will meet in Super Bowl LII. But Las Vegas sportsbooks have already released odds for who might win that game, and the gap between the heart of free agency and the draft gives us a chance to put together an updated, just-for-kicks alternative.

T.J. McDonald, Dolphins Agree to 1-Year Contract Despite 8-Game Suspension

T.J. McDonald spent the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Rams, but he decided to move on Friday when he signed a one-year deal at the minimum salary with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced. He'll have to serve an eight-game suspension for violating the league substance abuse policy before making his Dolphins debut, though.