The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t known for being big spenders in free agency and nothing they’ve done over the past month will help to change that narrative. If anything, the Bengals lost more than they gained this offseason. They saw two stalwarts in the trenches, Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko, depart for greener pastures. Along with those two veterans, Cincinnati also lost solid contributors in Rex Burkhead, Rey Maualuga and Karlos Dansby.
The 2016 campaign left Bengals fans in disbelief. After finishing below .500, the quest is a simple one. Return to the postseason immediately.
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Yesterday I brought you an article talking about how quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been on-hand to greet the team’s quarterback visitors in preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft. Another facet of the article was the fact that Roethlisberger was pushing for the Pittsburgh Steelers to add some more offensive weapons. And if you consider draft expenditures, he does have a point.
Lardarius Webb is headed back to Baltimore. Webb is signing a three-year contract with the Ravens, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday per a source informed of the move.
So, what does a defensive lineman have to bring to the field to be the No. 1 pick in the entire draft? “You have to be a game-changer,’’ Myles Garrett said. “You have to be able to turn the tide of a game at any given time. Somebody who, when it’s third-and-15 and maybe it’s the fourth quarter and we need a stop to get the ball back, they put you in and say you’re the guy. That’s how good you have to be.”
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without defensive tackle Beau Allen for quite some time. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Saturday that Allen suffered a pectoral injury and will be sidelined 4-6 months, according to a source informed of the situation.
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With Desmond Trufant set to become a free agent in 2018, the Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year, $69 million extension with the cornerback, the Falcons announced on Saturday. Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post first reported the news and noted the deal included almost $42 million in guaranteed money. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the report.
The Dallas Mavericks will make the retired Cowboys quarterback "a Maverick for the day" by having him on the team's bench and in uniform for their home finale on Tuesday against the Nuggets, per ESPN NBA reporter Marc Stein.