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Bengals Bytes (6/23): Contract season

The Bengals and Marvin Lewis couldn’t agree on an extension in the offseason, so the pressure is really on Lewis and his team this season. Tramon Williams opens up about his experience with the Browns last year. Are left-handed quarterbacks becoming extinct?

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Wallace Gilberry shares defining moment of NFL career, advice for Ryan Anderson Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry is looking forward to the preseason game against Washington Redskins. His cousin is a rookie on the team.

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Andre Smith Ready To Try New Position With Old Team
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Bengals 2017 Training Camp Opens Friday, July 28
The Bengals’ 50th Season kicks off on Friday, July 28 when Training Camp, presented by Fifth Third Bank, opens with numerous practices free to the public. All practices, which take place at Paul Brown Stadium for the sixth year, offer fans opportunities to obtain free player autographs. The Family Day practice on Saturday, Aug. 5 features child-friendly activities, including inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, pictures with team mascot Who Dey and an NFL Play 60 Activity Zone.

Bengals Marvin Lewis Contract Season
The opening of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 50th training camp on July 27 will mark an occasion that is happening for just the second time in a decade – head coach Marvin Lewis coaching out his contract. Team president and owner Mike Brown and Lewis did not come to an agreement on what had seemed like an annual rite of spring with a one-year extension this offseason, so Lewis enters his 15th campaign as the Bengals’ head coach with no security beyond.

2017 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Better health from A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert could help Bengals offense explode
Cincinnati missed the playoffs for the first time in five years despite holding opposing offenses to 19.7 points per game. While the defense was fine, the offense was rarely at full strength because of injuries. Their season ended with three wins over nine games.

Could Bengals' play be affected by Lewis' contract status?
Honestly, it’s the White Elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. But, it gets bigger and bigger as the days pass and training camp gets closer. It sounds like a promo for a romance novel or cheesy television soap opera. Yet, it’s as real as the Bengals’ horrid 2016 season. Marvin Lewis still hasn’t been offered a contract extension and it looks like he may go into the new year without one.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens Breakout Candidate: CB Maurice Canady
Promising Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young went down with an ACL tear in offseason workouts earlier this month, a significant loss. The club’s front office has bolstered their depth at corner beautifully this offseason through the acquisitions of Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey, but both are presently viewed as outside cornerbacks. Enter Maurice Canady, a second-year player who is currently the favorite to start at the crucial slot cornerback position, per Garrett Downing.

CB Tramon Williams Wanted Out Of Unstable Cleveland Browns Team
When former Packers cornerback Tramon Williams agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns a couple of years ago, he probably understood quite well that he was going from a top 10 team in the league to a team squarely in the basement. But evidently he didn’t realize just how deep below the surface it would go. Williams, who was released by the Browns earlier this year in February after completing the first two years on a three-year contract averaging $7 million per season, is still a free agent as we head into training camp, and at the age of 34, there is no stampede to knock down his door.

Browns’ magic man relishes chance to guide new-look offensive line
Bob Wylie uses the same phrase when he’s discussing his lengthy coaching career and his hobby as a part-time magician. “It got out of hand,” Wylie said. The longtime veteran coach just wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The Extinction of the Left-Handed Quarterback?
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