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Bengals News (2/10): Underrated targets for Cincinati

Which free agents could the Bengals target this upcoming free agency that would surprise some fans?

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Predicting 2020 NFL offseason dominoes - Eight star players who could set off 144-move chaos
While San Francisco would likely be interested in bringing back Emmanuel Sanders, Green is a clear step above Sanders and would be an ideal primary receiver in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Injuries are becoming a concern for the 31-year-old Green, who didn't play a snap this past season, but this is a chance to add a transformational receiver.

Three-step plan to fix Bengals: It's time for Cincinnati to shake up the NFL, and its own future
The franchise hasn't won a playoff game in forever. The organization often acts in unusual ways – some would say it falls prey to antiquated thinking – and lacks the infrastructure of most franchises it competes with. The Bengals have long lacked for scouting and resources and anything approximating the cutting edge of technology. They lack the sort of facilities and training headquarters that most players are used to from playing big-time college football.

Dehner Jr.: Predictions for all 17 Bengals free agents
One area flying under the radar is who will be retained among the 17 Bengals players hitting free agency this offseason. Outside of A.J. Green, the list isn’t filled with huge names but does entail a number of important and debatable decisions.

NFL Draft 2020: Dolphins-Bengals trade for LSU’s Joe Burrow? Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa falling? Giants land defensive star? Latest 1st-round mock
Will LSU’s Joe Burrow continue to make the Bengals weary of taking him No. 1 overall, and how much would a team like, say, the Miami Dolphins trade to move up to the top spot? If the Dolphins land Burrow, could we see a fall out of the top 10 for Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa?

Rumor Mill: Broncos Have Talked to Bengals About Cost of Trading No. 1 Overall Draft Pick
Please don't misinterpret what I'm about to break down as anything more than an unconfirmed rumor involving the Denver Broncos. That being said, a recent 'report' fingers the Broncos as one of five teams who've checked in with the Cincinnati Bengals on what the cost would be in trading up to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

3 underrated free agents the Bengals should target
Cincinnati needs to build around their new young stars (likely number one pick QB Joe Burrow for example). With that in mind, they should dive into free agency and find some talent that can help them go from the worst team in the league, to true competitors.

Does Joe Burrow hope the Bengals don’t draft him?
Burrow may be thinking about trying to get the Bengals to not draft him — or to get someone else to trade up and get him. And the evidence is becoming more and more clear.

Buccaneers rumors: Tampa wants Bengals' first overall pick
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be the most divided organization in the NFL on what they need to do at the quarterback position in 2020. This division is between everyone; the staff, the ownership, and also spreads throughout the fanbase in an extremely polarizing way.

NFL draft: Bengals charted to have second-best 2020 NFL draft class
Considering the top overall pick holds a point value of 3,000 on its lonesome, the Bengals would typically sit with the most valuable set of draft selections in the league.

Around the league

Greg Olsen to wrap up free-agent visits this week
The veteran tight end's series of visits -- which included a stop in a FOX broadcast booth as part of XFL coverage Sunday -- continues Monday with a visit with the Redskins, and will then include a cross-country flight to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of Olsen's plans. By the end of this week, Olsen expects to have arrived at a decision, Rapoport added.

Battlehawks defeat Renegades; Guardians stifle Vipers
With the Battlehawks down three in the fourth, quarterback Jordan Ta'amu scurried for a game-changing 37-yard gain on third down to set up his nine-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Russell for the go-ahead score.

49ers TE Garrett Celek announces retirement
The 31-year-old Celek is the younger brother of former Eagles standout Brent Celek. It was a newsworthy day for the Celeks, as Brent was announced to be taking a job as a personnel consultant with Philadelphia.

Butker: 49ers INT celebration 'helped' Chiefs rally
"Probably that celebration that they had," Butker said Friday on NFL Total Access when asked what he remembered most about the Super Bowl. "I know it's going around on social media. I don't know what part of the game it was, but they went up, probably by, I guess 10, when they scored the touchdown. And the whole team's celebrating in the end zone. It might've been after an interception. I just felt like the whole mood in the stadium was you know 'the 49ers won the game.' That probably helped to our advantage that they were celebrating so much and I think they probably let their guard down a little bit. When you have Patrick Mahomes and our offense, you know we're gonna score quick -- which we did. Defense did a great job and before they knew it, we're up four and then we're up 11. But that was kinda sticking in my mind."

Cowboys LB Sean Lee waiting to explore his options
It would make sense that retirement isn't at the forefront of his decision-making. For the first time in his two-time Pro Bowl career, Lee played in all 16 games and started 13, thanks in some part to Leighton Vander Esch being injured. Lee produced 86 tackles in 2019, bolstered by a 17-tackle outing against the Eagles in Week 16.