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Bengals Bytes (6/24): Players taking up the most cap

Which players have the biggest cap hit in 2018?

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Bengals ticket prices could increase under new proposal
Cincinnati Bengals tickets could get slightly more expensive under a new proposal from Cincinnati City Council members. The members, P.G. Sittenfeld and David Mann, floated the idea to raise the city’s admission tax from 3 percent to 5 percent. According to Paula Christian and Breanna Molloy of WCPO, that would generate $3.6 million to fund human services agencies.

10 Bengals players with highest salary cap hits in 2018
The Cincinnati Bengals head toward training camp with a salary cap of $177,200,000 after adding a rollover number of $11,583,459 from 2017. Based on current cap hits, the Bengals have $15,152,420 in cap space, according to Spotrac. Below, let’s look at the team’s biggest cap hits in 2018, keeping in mind these are estimates.

Projecting Cincinnati Bengals rookie ratings in Madden 19
The NFL offseason means it is Madden 19 time, with the Cincinnati Bengals being one of the more interesting teams in the upcoming video game. Those Bengals drafted 11 players and added other interesting names in undrafted free agency, making for a must-see influx of talent.

Former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham climbing coaching ladder after playing career
Shayne Graham spent seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals over the course of an extended NFL career before hanging up the cleats and moving into the coaching realm. After spending 2017 as a special teams quality control coach at Central Michigan, Graham takes the next step up the ladder this season with Michigan State.

Watch Billy Price throw out first pitch at Reds game
Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick Billy Price hit up a Cincinnati Reds game Friday and threw the first pitch to Scooter Gennett. Price, who bought a house in the area and is staying in Cincinnati over the summer break to rehab with team trainers, talked with Fox Sports Ohio about his throw

AFC North Bytes

Lamar Jackson Says Chargers Scout Told Him About Interest in Him as WR
Lamar Jackson recently disclosed he wasn't aware some teams wanted him to run routes at the NFL Scouting Combine until he was approached by a Los Angeles Chargers scout who inquired about the possibility of seeing him work out as a receiver.

Antonio Brown talks about being a sneakerhead
If you are a sneakerhead, this video is right up your alley. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has a massive sneaker collection and the folks at Complex wanted to pick his brain about it. You can check out the full video below.

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3 NFL playoff sleepers that aren’t getting any offseason hype
There’s no such thing as a playoff sleeper in today’s NFL. Between the parity that makes one-year rebuilds possible and the obsessive year-round coverage the league receives, surprises just aren’t as all that surprising anymore. That makes picking out playoff sleepers — true playoff sleepers — a much more difficult task. We jump off the 49ers' and Bears' hype trains for a moment to pick out some deep sleepers.

1 Player on Every NFL Team Who Will Disappoint in 2018
Injuries can take an extraordinary player and make him all too ordinary. That's what happened to DeSean Jackson in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The speedy receiver was also impacted by chemistry issues with quarterback Jameis Winston, who struggled to get him the ball on deep passes when he was on the field.

Johnny Manziel remains firmly planted on the bench in the CFL
Johnny Manziel’s Canadian Football League coach may think Manziel is good enough to play in the NFL, but Manziel remains a bench warmer in the CFL. Manziel’s team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, had its second game on Friday night, and for the second time Manziel did not get on the field.

Does the NFL have a referee problem?
It’s a fair question to ask as the 2018 season approaches. While the departures of Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette had been known for months, the bang-bang retirements of Terry McAulay and Gene Steratore in recent days, reportedly to work at NBC and CBS respectively, is jarring. And the moves raise legitimately questions as to whether something has gone haywire with the NFL’s officiating department, whether more referees will leave, and whether the replacements will be good enough.