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Bengals Bytes (7/18): Which players should the Bengals be concerned with franchise tagging next season

The Bengals have several talented players set to hit the open market in 2019, but who is worthy of a franchise tag?

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Boomer primes Anderson for Hall
Boomer Esiason, who went straight from running the Bengals’ no huddle offense to the no holds barred Monday night TV booth and later to the MNF radio side, has fond memories of day games. Now that he’s announced he’s stepping away from prime time, in part, because of the randomness of the Rand McNally schedule, he recalls his MVP season of 30 years ago came in 16 afternoon games.

Bengals top franchise tag candidates in 2019
While watching the drama between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Le’Veon Bell unfold recently has to be sweet for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, those Bengals could have the same problem a year from now. With major names heading into contract years and only so much money to go around, the Bengals might have to use the franchise tag in 2019 for the first time in six years.

Bengals place UDFA Gaelin Elmore on reserve/retired list
The Cincinnati Bengals lost a member of the defensive line ahead of training camp, sending Gaelin Elmore to the reserve/retired list. Elmore had originally joined the Bengals late in April after the draft, putting ink to paper on a three-year deal worth $1.71 million.

The 10 Highest Paid Players on the Bengals in 2018
The Bengals are a notoriously frugal team, but that doesn’t mean they won’t spend money on star talent. There are no exorbitant contracts on this roster, but plenty of the top talent on this team is making bank. As we head into the 2018 season, let’s tale a look at the 10 highest paid players on this roster.

Bengals pulled in $255M in revenue sharing as NFL records increased profits
Just ask the Cincinnati Bengals, owners of $255 million in revenue sharing during the 2017 season as the NFL doled out $8 billion. We have access to these financials records thanks to the Green Bay Packers, a public company that sells shares to raise money.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens veterans report to training camp Wednesday
Summer vacation is officially over for all the players on Baltimore’s roster as they become the first team to open training camp. They will be joined by the Bears on Thursday as the two teams taking part in the Hall of Fame Game get a head start on the rest of the league.

Report: Final Le’Veon Bell offer had $10M fully guaranteed
Bell’s agent Adisa Barkari didn’t say in a Tuesday radio interview, but said the total value didn’t matter nearly as much as how much of the contract was fully guaranteed. According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, there wasn’t a lot of it guaranteed in the Steelers’ final offer.

Random Bytes

Mitchell Trubisky Ready to Be the Bears' Savior, 'Make People Eat Their Words'
The man has every reason to be miserable. Outside on this summer day, it's a borderline monsoon. Back home, Mom just had ACL surgery after a four-wheeling excursion gone wrong in the Caribbean. Dust blurred her vision, she swerved, hit a stump and ejected airborne into a tree. That's why son stayed home in Mentor, Ohio, an extra day before driving the six-and-a-half hours to Chicago last night. To help her recover.

NFL Youngsters Who Could Still Blossom into Stars
The curve has been ruined for everyone else since the wait for top talent to develop can be excruciating. Some need a longer adjustment period to figure out the NFL, though. A year or two is necessary for most to establish a comfort level and have the game slow down enough to become a consistent performer.

Brandin Cooks Signs 5-Year Contract Extension with Rams Worth Reported $80M
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $80 million and begins in 2019. He was already set to make $8-plus million in 2018. L.A. acquired him in a trade with the New England Patriots in early April. The Rams gave up a first-round pick and a sixth-rounder in exchange for the receiver and a fourth-round selection.