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Nick Foles came out and showed he could lead a team to the Super Bowl after taking over for Carson Wentz. Will it have an impact on teams trying to sign AJ McCarron?

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How does the Nick Foles breakout impact the AJ McCarron market?
The quarterback market this offseason has an unexpected name set to enter the fray in one way or another — Nick Foles. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback just dropped three touchdowns on the heads of a strong Minnesota Vikings defense to get his team to the Super Bowl, playing in place of MVP candidate Carson Wentz.

Mike Brown: Bengals have no intention of moving
With the team’s stadium lease 10 years from expiring and the NFL’s franchise shuffle renewed in recent years given the approved moves of three of the league’s 32 franchises, the Bengals are at least on the outer edges of the relocation radar screen. Bengals owner Mike Brown disputes that notion, however. Strongly.

Paul Daugherty: Sorry Bengals fans, Mike Brown isn't changing
Mike Brown shouldn’t talk publicly anymore to people like me. His handlers in the Bengals PR department should consider insisting on that. I say this in all sincerity and, believe it or not, with a certain affection for the team’s president. He isn’t helping himself. Mike Brown is pleasant, caring and principled. He’s a terrific conversationalist. He knows a lot about a lot. If I weren’t in this job, I’d like to think we’d be friends.

TDBH:Philosophical P.B. thrilled by Super ride despite last-minute loss
As Paul Brown leaves the Bengals hotel this morning in Miami for the flight home, the 49ers’ champagne from last night’s last-minute win in Super Bowl XXIII is still bubbling and the heart-break hangovers just starting in Cincinnati. But Greg Hoard of The Cincinnati Enquirer finds the old coach, 80 years young, chipper, upbeat, proud. “The older you get, the better you handle these things,” the smiling Brown says. “If I am less solemn it was because this was a tremendous football game. When you lose a cliffhanger like this, it’s easier to handle.” Brown, the founder, owner, and soul of the Bengals, is pleased that this year’s game goes to the wire with the Bengals taking a 13-6 lead into the fourth quarter and a 16-13 lead with 3:20 left before Joe Montana rides into history on the backs of Browns’ Tigers with a 92-yard drive that culminates with 34 seconds left. Better, Brown seems to be saying, than being down 20-0 at half in the Bengals’ Super loss seven years ago.

Bengals adjust to Senior Bowl without Pete Brown
Tuesday morning’s weigh-in at the Reese’s Senior Bowl is a significant one for the Bengals personnel contingent. It’s the first one since the death of Pete Brown, the club’s senior vice president of player personnel who died last month at 74 after more than 50 years of scouting. By now in the draft process Brown would have the board of senior players virtually memorized and already whittled down to succinct sound bites. Height, weight, speed, and, most importantly, his opinion. While Brown and director of player personnel Duke Tobin shaped the big-picture view, they began introducing the coaches to the best prospects. So did the other scouts as they continued to deal with their own areas.

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Pat Shurmur Named Giants HC After Vikings' NFC Title Game Loss vs. Eagles
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Report: Security Have Special Plans to Protect Tom Brady's Super Bowl Jersey
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AFC North Bytes

Report: Browns hire Todd Haley
The deal is done: The Browns have hired Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Haley, 50, is expected to call plays under Hue Jackson, who doubled as the play-caller his first two seasons. Haley likely gets a rookie quarterback to coach, with the Browns expected to use the No. 1 overall pick on one.

On the fence: Compete in 2018 or trade and rebuild for 2019?
There appears to be a crossroads for Baltimore Ravens fans. Some believe the team can compete in 2018, while others prefer acquiring capital for the 2018 season, whether it be cutting for cap space, trading for picks and cap space and ‘tanking’ for the better of the franchise, for the 2019 season.