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Bengals News (2/3): Cincinnati’s approach in free agency

What the Bengals should look to accomplish in free agency.

Cincinnati Bengals Introduce Zac Taylor Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Bengals great T.J. Houshmandzadeh is helping train LSU quarterback Joe Burrow before the NFL Draft.
MIAMI - T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who has the most catches in a Bengals season, caught on to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow early. Like back on Sept. 7. And promptly anointed him the best quarterback in the country. Now Houshmandzadeh is helping to train Burrow for his first NFL pass, when another Bengals receiver is the likely target this September.

How The Cincinnati Bengals Are Approaching NFL Free Agency And The Rest Of The 2020 Off-Season
Yes, the Bengals finally jettisoned longtime coach Marvin Lewis, who failed to provide even one playoff victory in 16 seasons. And they went with the new NFL flow by hiring former Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor to be their head coach, keeping with the trend of hiring men who at least are thought to be offensive gurus in the currently pass-happy NFL.

Joe Burrow sends message to Bengals
The Bengals might be at the end of the road with Andy Dalton. Burrow is coming off possibly the greatest season ever by a college QB. He grew up a few hours down the road in Athens, Ohio. His father has said that Burrow would enjoy being picked by Cincinnati.

Bengals 2020 offseason player profile/projection: Auden Tate
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

Super Bowl LV odds: Bengals face long odds in opening lines
The NFL officially moves on from the 2019 season after Sunday’s Super Bowl encounter between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers — which means Super Bowl LV odds have already been released.

Around the league

2020 NFL Power Rankings - Way-too-early 1-32 offseason poll
There's no rest for the weary, and NFL teams will be spending the next six or so months trying to bolster their rosters and make it to the top of the heap when games resume in the fall. Between now and then, here's how we see things now, with each NFL Nation writer identifying a reason for optimism for the teams they cover. How we rank: Our power panel -- a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities -- evaluated how teams stack up throughout the season.

Chiefs rally once again to defeat 49ers, win SB LIV
With a season on the line and his team down, 20-10, in the last quarter, Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce for a score and then running back Damien Williams for the game-winner. Williams broke loose to seal the win with a 38-yard run down the sideline. With the Chiefs' high-octane offense quelled by the Niners' stupendous defense for most of the night, Kansas City pulled off its third straight comeback victory to give coach Andy Reid his first Super Bowl win and the franchise its first in 50 years.

Chris Jones after SB win: 'I want to be a Chief for life'
Against the 49ers on Sunday night, it was more of the same from the 25-year-old pass rusher. He finished with one tackle but tallied a game-high three pass deflections and hurried Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo numerous times, including being the first one in to pressure him into throwing an interception early in the second quarter.

Kyle Shanahan talks TO strategy, late play calls in loss
There were two key sequences where Shanahan moved in one direction when it might've been better for him to go in the other. The first came at the end of the first half, when Shanahan decided not to call a timeout to preserve enough time for his 49ers offense to try to score again before halftime, instead allowing the clock to tick down roughly 45 seconds ahead of a Chiefs punt with just over a minute left. He explained that it wasn't a matter of not being aggressive, but being cautious because of the firepower that existed on the other sideline.

Joe Staley emotional after 'raw and real' SB defeat
Staley answered two questions with one word each: "No" when asked if he expected 20 points to be enough to win, and "Yes" on if the 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs stings more than his last loss in the Super Bowl.