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Bengals Bytes (7/17): Boomer Esiason hangs up his mic

Former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason won’t be on Monday night Radio broadcasts anymore.

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Register for NamasDey on Saturday
The class, which starts at 9 a.m., will be led by instructors from The Yoga Bar, and all levels of participants are welcome. It will consist of standing and seated postures to enhance strength and flexibility, and it will end with seated meditation and mindful breathing.

Hobson's Choice: Comebacks and Throwbacks
The usual stance on both sides is if there’s no deal before the regular season, they won’t negotiate during the season. There are exceptions, of course, with quarterback Carson Palmer probably the biggest when they announced his extension the week before the 2005 season finale. But, you are correct. Most of the biggest deals in club history (Atkins, Dunlap, A.J. Green, Andy Dalton) have come down in July, August or early September.

Former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason leaving Monday NFL radio broadcasts
Esiason was the analyst on Westwood One’s broadcast for 18 years, sharing the booth with Kevin Harlan and, before that, Marv Albert and Howard David. The 1988 NFL MVP called the Super Bowl for each of those seasons.

Bengals 2017 Season in Review: Week 5
The Bengals finally got their first win of the season against Cleveland, but needed to string together a few victories to get back into contention. Beating the Browns is one thing, but the Bengals needed to prove themselves against a real team. The Bills had shockingly won 3 of their first 4 games, and seemed poised to make an improbable playoff run. If the Bengals were going to turn this season around, they needed to beat fringe playoff teams like the Bills. For the first time in 2017, they did.

Did the Bengals do enough to improve their offensive line?
This seems to be predicated on two things: Ohio State rookie Billy Price being no better than last year’s center and Trey Hopkins both being the starting right guard and being no better than he was a year ago. I’m not sure I agree on any of those points of view

Bengals could benefit from Le’Veon Bell-Steelers contract spat if holdout occurs
Drama once again chases the Pittsburgh Steelers into training camp — and it could benefit the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers and Bell weren’t able to come to an agreement on an extension by Monday’s deadline, meaning the star running back will once again play under the franchise tag before likely heading to free agency.

Bengals aren’t ignoring Darqueze Dennard or Tyler Kroft extensions
It’s easy to think all other members of the Cincinnati Bengals fall behind Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap in the minds of the front office. Atkins and Dunlap are clearly extension priorities this summer. But the importance of getting those guys wrapped up long term again seems to overshadow names such as Darqueze Dennard and Tyler Kroft.

AFC North Bytes

Le'Veon Bell's Agent: 2018 Will 'Likely' Be Final Season with Steelers
"His intention was to retire as a Steeler," Adisa Bakari said, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. "But now that there's no deal, the practical reality is, this now likely will [be] Le'Veon's last season as a Steeler. ... It became clear the Steelers wanted to pay the position, not the player."

Six Ravens will start on PUP list, including G Marshal Yanda
The Baltimore Ravens will begin training camp on July 19th, and with the start of the season comes players returning from injuries. The Ravens will have six players start out on the PUP (physically unable to perform list): Marshal Yanda, Brent Urban, Vince Mayle, Jaylen Hill, Bam Bradley, and Quincy Adeboyejo.

Random Bytes

Earl Thomas calls out Seattle Seahawks in Instagram post
Six-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas used his Instagram account to nudge the Seattle Seahawks in contract negotiations, suggesting that the team he helped lead to its lone Super Bowl victory should trade him if an extension remains elusive.

NFL Considering New 'Minor' Changes to Kickoff Ahead of 2018 Season
NFL spokesman Michael Signora released a statement regarding potential changes, saying: "The NFL officiating and football operations staff, with competition committee approval, may make some minor tweaks to the language to further clarify the rule. If so, that information would be circulated to all clubs and the rule book updated accordingly."

Michael Thomas Is Ready to Emerge as One of the NFL's Best Players in 2018
His Twitter handle is perhaps the best in the NFL—@cantguardmike—and defensive backs are finding it to be true. After he grabbed an NFL-record 196 passes in his first two seasons, why aren't we talking about Michael Thomas as one of the best wideouts in the game?