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Bengals Bytes (1/31): Washington and Kansas City pull off a blockbuster trade

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The Chiefs traded Alex Smith to Washington, but did Kansas City get too much for him? Also another AFC North team tried to get in on the trade as well.

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UT Vols: Bengals' Josh Malone couldn't escape Tennessee struggles
Josh Malone had already moved on from the Tennessee football program, but that didn’t make last fall any easier for the Station Camp graduate and self-described Vol for life. Even living two states away and with his first professional season in full swing, the 21-year-old Malone still couldn’t escape the struggles surrounding his former school..

Super notes: Pats with stripes surface
Ivan Fears, who has gone from coaching Antowain Smith and Marc Edwards in his first Patriots backfield of 2002 to James White and a cast of thousands, raved Monday night about the depth in the Bengals backfield that gave him Bengals draft pick Rex Burkhead in free agency. You have to go to a careerist like Fears on Monday night of Super Bowl week to not go mad. Media Day was already a zoo, but now Media Night is a certifiable prime-time yuk now officially the latest reality TV train wreck and you need a football guy like Fears to talk, well, football.

TDBH: Eifert injury mars Bengals’ star-studded Pro Bowl
In what is supposed to be a celebration of the Bengals’ best record in nearly 30 years with eight Pro Bowlers, the NFL’s all-star game is marred by tight end Tyler Eifert’s ankle injury. The initial exam doesn’t reveal a break and the hope is he has only a sprain. But he leaves Aloha Stadium tonight in a boot and it is later discovered he has torn ligaments, an injury that begins a nightmarish series of physical problems that limit him to ten games over the next two seasons. “I don’t really know what happened. I jammed my heel. I’ll be good,” says Eifert in the Team Irvin locker room after a 49-27 win over Team Rice that was a bit hollow for the seven Bengals involved. “I’m praying for Tyler,” says running back Cedric Peerman, the only Bengal on Team Rice.

AFC North Bytes

BALTIMORE: The C.J. Mosley Contract Could Challenge Ravens
The Ravens are at a crossroad with linebacker C.J. Mosley. His 4-year rookie deal that was worth $8,788,002 and included a signing Bonus of $4,711,272 has now expired. That said, Mosley made it clear to ESPN during their Pro Bowl coverage that he wants to remain a Raven.

Report: Browns Attempted Alex Smith Trade Before Move to Redskins
The Cleveland Browns reportedly tried to trade for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, according to Mary Kay Cabot of, before the Chiefs reportedly agreed to deal Smith to Washington on Tuesday night. Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star first reported Smith will be dealt to Washington, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noting Kansas City will receive a 2018 third-round pick and a player to be named Wednesday.

Random Bytes

Winners, Losers and Takeaways from Redskins-Chiefs Trade Involving Alex Smith
Super Bowl LII will be played in Minneapolis in four days, but the most important story in the NFL is occurring more than 900 miles southeast in Washington, D.C. That's where the Washington Redskins pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal likely to have a tremendous impact on the future of several key players and teams as well as the 2018 quarterback carousel and draft.

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Cheating Accusations Complicate Pariots' Legacy
It's the Super Bowl, which means two things are likely: The Patriots are in it, and the Patriots are being called cheaters. No, whether or not they are considered a team that broke the rules won't alter the number of trophies in their offices, but it is important to examine the allegations in their totality because they factor in to the legacy we assign the team. Different people will believe different things about the Pats, but let this Bible of Patriots Cheating stand as an attempt to clarify what that legacy is.

Report: Alex Smith, Redskins Agree to New 4-Year Contract After Chiefs Trade
The Washington Redskins have their franchise quarterback. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins and Alex Smith negotiated a four-year contract extension Tuesday shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to ship the seasoned signal-caller to the nation's capital.

Kirk Cousins, Redskins Reportedly Didn't Speak Between Season, Alex Smith Trade
The Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins now appear to be headed separate ways, which isn't surprising, considering their lack of communication. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team's front office hasn't spoken to the quarterback since the season ended. Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that the Redskins acquired Alex Smith in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs, likely signaling the end of the road for Cousins in Washington.