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Bengals News (1/14): A.J. Green is easily Cincinnati's biggest free agent decision

The Bengals need to bring back A.J. Green this offseason, but how will they pull it off?

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No one has coached in more Senior Bowls or won more of them than Bengals founder Paul Brown.
No one has coached in more Senior Bowls or won more of them than Paul Brown. When his Cincinnati Bengals, one of the two NFL teams he founded, coach in the 70th anniversary of the college all-star classic next week they’ll be doing it for the same reasons he coached eight straight.

Biggest looming 2020 free-agent decisions for all 32 NFL teams
The Bengals' star wideout didn't play all 2019 while he dealt with an ankle injury. Green, 31, is looking for long-term stability in what could be his last big-money deal as a player. Expect to see Green given a franchise tag, however, as the Bengals hang on to a receiver who has caught 602 passes and scored 63 touchdowns since being drafted in the first round in 2011. -- Ben Baby

Bears hiring ex-Bengals OC Bill Lazor as their OC
Lazor, 47, spent the 2019 season out of professional football after he was fired from his post as Bengals OC after nearly two seasons; Rapoport reported he was a volunteer consultant at Penn State. Lazor took over for fired Bengals OC Ken Zampese near the start of the 2017 campaign and oversaw injury-riddled seasons in which Cincinnati failed to finished higher than 26th in yards per game and 17th in points per game.

Joe Burrow to Cincinnati Bengals tweets accompany LSU CFP title win
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow's LSU Tigers cruised past Clemson in the CFP National Championship on Monday night to cap an undefeated season with a title, and many expect the Cincinnati Bengals to select him with the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

7 offseason moves to make the Bengals playoff contenders again
Luckily for all involved, the unintentional tank puts the Bengals in a nice position moving forward in terms of assets. With the right moves, the team could have a bigger turnaround than some might be comfortable projecting.

Report: Bears to hire former Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor
Lazor has previously worked as the offensive coordinator with the Dolphins from 2014- 2015 before being fired in November 2015. He was then hired by the Bengals in 2016, where he served as their quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to interim Bengals OC in 2017 after the organization fired Ken Zampese, becoming the full time OC in Cincinnati in 2018. Lazor was fired by the Bengals in January of 2019. Prior to this past year, he had been coaching for 24 straight seasons.

Joe Burrow wins national title with LSU; Cincinnati Bengals next?
Monday night against Clemson he did pretty much all he could to state his case for being the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in April.

Senior Bowl reveals which RBs, WRs Bengals will coach during event
After announcing the Cincinnati Bengals will coach the South team and quarterbacks such as Justin Herbert, the 2020 Senior Bowl has announced the cast of weapons those passers will work with during the event.

Bengals coordinators to return in 2020 and that's a good thing
Most importantly, it is very difficult to build anything good when you are making major changes to the upper levels of your coaching staff every year or two. Just ask the Browns. While Marvin Lewis was in Cincinnati for 16 years, the guys underneath him changed all the time. That takes its toll and not every hire at every spot on a staff is going to be a good one.

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NFL players react to LSU's CFP title win over Clemson
In their place, the undefeated LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers did battle in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Led by Heisman Trophy winner and potential No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow's six total touchdowns, LSU triumphed, 42-25. It's the Tigers' first national title since 2007 and their fourth overall.

Shanahan 'pumped' Saleh is staying with Niners
"I was pumped," Shanahan said Monday, via the team's official transcript. "I heard it on my way into work, so I was extremely excited. I definitely have some empathy for Saleh. I know anyone who goes through that process and stuff, we're all competitive, and you want to win and you want to get that opportunity and stuff, but for Saleh, every year we keep him we'll be very fortunate. Saleh's going to be a head coach in this league. Could've been one this year. Most likely he'll be one next year. But he's going to have the right opportunity come around for him. It's just a matter of time. I'm just very happy that we're going to be able to have him going into next year."

Underdog Titans have fans believing in SB possibilities
With Henry churning, the Titans offer opponents something they aren't necessarily built for in 2019: Stopping a ground attack that can lean and lean and lean until you break. Mike Vrabel's defense has been up to the task at every turn, and his team has made zero mistakes in the first two playoff games, executing to near-flawless levels.

Browns announce Stefanski, to interview Paton as GM
Vikings assistant general manager George Paton is expected to interview for Cleveland's vacant general manager job, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. This development is significant, Rapoport added, because Paton hasn't always accepted interview requests, but is close with Kevin Stefanski, whom the Browns announced Monday as its new head coach.