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Bengals News (3/20): Tyler Eifert ready to start a new party in Cincinnati

Tyler Eifert is ditching the mullet for the new era of Bengals football.

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Cincinnati Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert’s mullet ‘gone forever,’ new contract bets on health

The oft-injured tight end can’t seem to stay healthy – playing 14 of a potential 48 games the last three seasons – but the allure of dynamic playmaking he brings to the table when fully upright is so intoxicating the Bengals went in on a similar deal as the one signed last year.

Hobson's Choice: New Year Greetings
I also know what Zac Taylor thinks of Dalton and he must think Dalton is good enough to get his coaching career going without starting from scratch with a rookie quarterback. My sense is the Bengals feel that if Dalton gets the same kind of coaching and scheme Jared Goff had in Los Angeles, Dalton can be pretty close to top tier without having to start over.

Burfict joins Raiders, says AB pairing 'all positive'
With the Raiders, Burfict, 28, will reunite with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who held the same role with the Bengals from 2014 to 2017. He'll also join forces with wide receiver Antonio Brown, with whom he has a rocky history.

Bengals hurt defense by not moving on from Vontaze Burfict sooner
Five years might be an exaggeration, but the Bengals certainly would’ve been in a better position if they had prepared for the future and drafted Burfict’s replacement instead of handing him a contract extension in 2017.

Raiders sign controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict despite ugly history with Antonio Brown
As first reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are signing Burfict to a one-year contract in a move that reunites Burfict with Paul Guenther, the Raiders' defensive coordinator who worked closely with Burfict in Cincinnati as the Bengals' linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. Rapoport reported that Burfict's deal can reach $5 million with incentives.

How did Gators players react when Bengals came calling for Grantham
Grantham has been a coach at the college or professional level for 28 years. He’s spent those 28 years with 10 different teams — six universities and four NFL franchises. It’s not that Grantham isn’t loyal but it’s the nature of the coaching profession. Coaches pick up and move all the time. They retire, head coaches are fired and new head coaches bring in their own guys, better opportunities present themselves and coaches leave. It’s just part of doing business.

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Former Packer Clay Matthews headed to Rams
The longtime Packers pass rusher is headed to play for the Los Angeles Rams, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation on Tuesday. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the deal is for two years with a max of $16.75 million. The Rams later announced the signing.

Cowboys signing ex-Packers receiver Randall Cobb
Cobb will likely replace the dearly departed Cole Beasley as Dallas' slot receiver and play alongside receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup and tight ends Jason Witten and Blake Jarwin.

Giants brass had dinner with OSU QB Dwayne Haskins
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday morning on Good Morning Football that the Big Blue brass met with the potential first-round signal-caller for dinner on Tuesday night. Coach Pat Shurmur, OC Mike Shula, VP of player evaluation Chris Mara, director of college scouting Chris Pettit and assistant GM Kevin Abrams were all in attendance, per Garafolo.

Cardinals brass meet with QB Murray at Oklahoma
After the NFL Scouting Combine, during which Murray chose not to run the 40-yard dash or participate in any drills, NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reported that people in Indianapolis "almost universally" believed that Murray would go No. 1 overall to Arizona, even though the Cardinals drafted supposed franchise quarterback Josh Rosen 10th overall in the 2018 draft.

Tony Jefferson: 'You can sleep if you want' on Ravens
The news came down a week before free agency that the Ravens had cut safety Eric Weddle. It was a surprising development to running mate Tony Jefferson, but not totally unexpected. He knew changes were coming to a Baltimore defense that finished the season ranked No. 1 in the NFL but featured a few important pieces hitting free agency.