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Bengals Bytes (1/28): Remembering Kobe Bryant

Bengals players give their thoughts on the untimely death of Kobe Bryant.

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The Cincinnati Bengals players remember Kobe Bryant after his tragic passing.
On Monday Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard landed, in of all places, Los Angeles, to consult with his people on the next steps of his Dennard Difference Foundation. But since he found himself in Kobe Bryant's city he wondered how far he could have gone.

Wife of former Bengals player pleads not guilty to sending sexts to Delaware County teen
St. Louis is the wife of former Cincinnati Bengals player Brad St. Louis, who was with the team for ten years. Investigators said Michelle St. Louis contacted the teenaged boy, who is now 18, via the app TikTok, on which users share short videos.

Jimmy Burrow on Joe's leadership, will to win, NFL Draft, Bengals
Jimmy Burrow, the father of Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow - the LSU quarterback who many expect to be selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft - talked to 700 WLW's Eddie & Rocky on Monday about a number of topics related to his son's past, present and future.

XFL rosters 2020: Former notable Bengals surface on XFL rosters
The XFL announced rosters ahead of its 2020 season and as expected, there are a few notable former Cincinnati Bengals players throughout the rebooting league.

PFF suggests unexpected free-agent target for Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals might end up being a little more active than usual in NFL free agency now that it’s clear the carryover roster Zac Taylor inherited needs a little more help than anticipated.

Bengals 2020 offseason player profile/projection: C.J. Uzomah
This offseason will be an important one for the Bengals as they try to rebuild the roster following a 2-14 finish in 2019, which marked their fourth straight losing season. With the free agency signing period set to begin on March 18, is going to take a daily look at a player on the roster leading up to that date and where they stand contractually heading into the 2020 season and where they may fit on the 2020 roster. We will look at players under contract first followed by players who will be free agents:

Around the league

Loss of Kobe Bryant looms large on Opening Night
A moment of silence for Kobe Bryant -- the NBA legend who perished just a day prior along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a Southern California helicopter crash -- was held to begin the night with an image of the Lakers icon in the background upon a Jumbotron.

Emmanuel Sanders leading younger teammates to SB
"I never expected it, but at the same time, I'm happy," Sanders said of his journey from a struggling Broncos team to Super Bowl LIV as a member of the 49ers. "I'm so grateful and honored to be in this position, truthfully. Like I said, I still got a lot of love for the Broncos. I still bleed orange and blue. I won a Super Bowl there as well. To be a part of this night, this organization, they accepted me with open arms. I'm so appreciative of it to be sitting here right now."

Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy not 'going to retire yet'
The Chiefs running back hasn't touched the pigskin since Week 15, and was inactive in the AFC Championship Game win over the Tennessee Titans. Despite the reduced role, the 31-year-old McCoy said during Monday's Opening Night festivities for Super Bowl LIV that he's not ready to ride off into the sunset.

Philip Rivers' future with Chargers still uncertain
The 38-year-old Rivers played out the final season of his contract without signing an extension with the Bolts. Going forward, Rapoport added the Chargers' options would be signing Rivers to a franchise tag or letting him walk into free agency and playing 2020 with a new quarterback under center. As Rapoport pointed out, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise after the team pondered benching Rivers, who has started 224 straight games, toward the end of the season.