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Bengals News (3/18): Odds are not in Cincinnati’s favor

The Bengals Super Bowl odds haven’t improved after the first wave of free agency like some AFC North teams.

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Bengals 2018 Season In Review
Taylor, 35, left the L.A. Rams, for whom he served as an assistant coach the past two seasons, including as quarterbacks coach in 2018. The Rams won the NFC West in 2018 with a 13-3 regular-season record and advanced to Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots.

Bengals free agency: What’s happened and what could be next
The first week of NFL free agency began with the Bengals announcing a stunning deal and ended with them making the most predictable – and sensible – series of moves that will begin to shape Zac Taylor’s inaugural roster as head coach.

Bengals should consider pulling a Dolphins-Ryan Tannehill with Andy Dalton
It got lost somewhat in the first week of free-agent frenzy, but the Miami Dolphins jumpstarted a serious rebuild by shipping away starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Two-round 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals grab Dwayne Haskins at No. 11
Another week, another mock draft with Kyler Murray going first overall to the Cardinals. It almost seems like a foregone conclusion at this point. More interesting, perhaps, are what the quarterback-needy teams behind Arizona do. It sure seems like the Giants could pass on a passer at No. 6, and we have them eschewing one at No. 17 too. Same for the Broncos, despite John Elway's reported infatuation with Drew Lock. Then there are the Dolphins, who just traded Ryan Tannehill to the Titans and watched Teddy Bridgewater return to the Saints, then signed Ryan Fitzpatrick over the weekend.

Bengals have worse Super Bowl 54 odds than Browns
To make matters worse, the Cleveland Browns continue to make major upgrades in the AFC North, which muddies the Super Bowl 54 odds outlook.

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Haloti Ngata announces retirement after 13 seasons
"Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude," Ngata wrote. "Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I'm retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I'm holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I've gained along the way. 'Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.' Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it."

Dolphins agree to two-year deal with Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick is immediately the most senior and established member of Miami's quarterback room, joining Jake Rudock, Luke Falk and their combined five passing attempts, four seasons and three games of experience.

Saints sign Nick Easton to replace Max Unger
Easton will slide into the pivot position alongside guards Larry Warford and Andrus Peat, and tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk. The Unger retirement is a blow to one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but adding Easton helps stem the loss.

Steelers signing linebacker Mark Barron to 2-year deal
The hybrid linebacker could start right away in Pittsburgh, which already boasts a linebacking corps of Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt and Anthony Chickillo on the outside and Vince Williams and Jon Bostic on the inside. Barron is the second defensive acquisition Pittsburgh has made so far in free agency; the Steelers also signed former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson.

Jerry Jones thanks Giants for trading Odell Beckham
The Odell Beckham trade took many in the football world aback. Trading an elite wide receiver in his prime just after signing him to a five-year deal a year prior was considered an unthinkable move, at least it was before Tuesday.