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Bengals News (3/12): Cincinnati is back to their old ways in free agency

The sense of change took a hit as the Bengals remain their same old selves in free agency.

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Reports: Hart, Uzomah back in the fold
The Bengals and their new coaching staff appeared to get off on the right foot Monday when various reports indicated they’ve agreed to bring back two offensive starters their coaches targeted in free agency.

Mired In A Media Mock
That’s because, among other things, Murray, Oklahoma’s Heisman quarterback, has yet to reach the heights of the top ten for our cautious panel of scribes. That’s not going to happen for real on April 25. Not only that, the only quarterback that is gone before the Bengals pick at No. 11 is Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins to Jacksonville at No. 7. That doesn’t figure to happen, either, with Nick Foles expected to John Hancock it with the Jaguars in free agency. Not only that, although the combine means absolutely nothing when it comes to playing football, it seems to have moved the needle for guys like Mississippi wide receiver DK Metcalf, Washington State tackle Andre Dillard and Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. But not enough to get into the top ten it appears, if you go off the Scouts Inc. big board on Or, in the case of Lock and Metcalf, those positions wouldn’t appear to be on the Bengals’ radar in the first round.

Bengals Re-Sign Brandon Wilson
Wilson, who will be a third-year player in 2019, joined the Bengals as a sixth-round draft pick in 2017 and has played in 24 games over his first two seasons. Considered a core special teams contributor for the Bengals, he ranked second in ST tackles last season (nine) and tied for fourth in 2017 (five).

Updated List of Bengals 2019 Free Agents
Last week the Bengals extended tender offers to five players - G/C Trey Hopkins, CB Tony McRae, G Alex Redmond, DT Josh Tupou and S Brandon Wilson. The tenders assure the Bengals will retain their exclusive NFL rights for the upcoming season.

Cincinnati Bengals' 2019 free-agent signings: TE C.J. Uzomah, RT Bobby Hart re-sign
The Bengals agreed to terms with Uzomah on a three-year deal more than $18 million on Monday, according to the NFL Network. Here’s a closer look at the tight end who will re-sign with the Bengals after being drafted there in 2015.

Bobby Hart, C.J. Uzomah extensions have impact on Bengals’ draft plans
Bobby Hart and C.J. Uzomah will be back in the fold for the Cincinnati Bengals next season and beyond after word about their respective extensions broke Monday.

Paul Daugherty column on Cincinnati Bengals 'New Dey'
The Bengals, known facetiously in this space as The Men, are calling the rookie season of head coach Zac Taylor a New Dey. “New Dey Bengals’’ is less a slogan than an oxymoron. Just because you trade the beater for a Beemer doesn’t mean you’ll drive any differently. The Bengals are the Bengals are the Bengals.

Random News

C.J. Mosley to get $85M deal with New York Jets
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that Gang Green is expected to sign former Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley to a massive five-year, $85 million contract with $51 million guaranteed, per sources informed of the agreement.

Browns expected to sign DT Sheldon Richardson
The Browns emerged as the front-runner for Richardson in the wee morning hours on Tuesday, per Rapoport, less than 20 hours into the NFL's negotiating window.

Anthony Barr expected to sign with New York Jets
The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker fell out of favor in the Twin Cities while other front-seven teammates saw big-time extensions. Barr, a four-time Pro Bowler, was drafted ninth overall by Minnesota in 2014. Over five seasons with the Vikes, Barr started 71 games, forced seven fumbles and racked up 13.5 sacks.

Chiefs expected to sign Tyrann Mathieu to 3-year deal
The second big-name safety to come off the board in free agency, Mathieu cashed in just hours after the Washington Redskins handed Landon Collins a gargantuan six-year, $84 million contract. Collins' $14M per-year average jacked up Mathieu's price, Rapoport reported, and the Chiefs complied.