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The Andy Dalton trade market may have heated up with the news of Tom Brady moving on from the Patriots.

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A look at how the Bengals will adjust with the scaled back 2020 NFL Draft
With prospects unable to work out in front of NFL scouts and coaches on their college campuses in those workouts known as pro days and NFL teams unable to host them at their facilities, watching game tape is going to be the rite of spring for the Bengals evaluators just like it was back in the day.

Bengals place franchise tag on wide receiver A.J. Green
As the NFL tried to cope with a pandemic, the Bengals on Monday embarked on business as unusual when they officially made seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green their franchise player by tendering a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $18 million.

Bengals Designate A.J. Green As Franchise Player, Extend Tender Offer To Four Others
Green is a free agent and will have the right to negotiate with other teams, but the franchise-player designation means that should he agree to terms with another team, the Bengals could retain him by matching the offer. Should the Bengals decline to match a competing offer, the team signing Green would be required to give the Bengals two first-round draft choices.

Cincinnati Bengals' 2020 NFL free-agent signings: A.J. Green gets franchise tag
NFL free agency is off and running, and we're keeping track of every major signing, trade and release of the 2020 offseason, with analysis from our NFL Nation reporters and grades from Bill Barnwell. The new league year begins March 18 at 4 p.m. ET, which means free-agent signings can be made official after that. The first round of the 2020 NFL draft begins April 23.

Andy Dalton trade to Patriots makes perfect sense with Tom Brady out
Back when we analyzed the idea of Dalton joining the Patriots via trade, the main crux of the argument that made it unlikely was the idea Tom Brady would never leave Foxboro.

2020 NFL Draft a tough break for Cincinnati Bengals fans
This morning, while reading social media, a tweet came across the timeline. It was from a Cincinnati Bengals fan I follow and am grateful for him following my account and the work I publish. I read his tweet and was immediately struck by how news of the NFL Draft affected him and so many others. His tweet was sincere, and a likely indicator of the sentiments of fans in the Queen City.

What the New CBA Means for the Cincinnati Bengals
As far as the playoffs go, each conference will now be represented by 7 teams and only the first seed will receive a bye week. For a Cincinnati Bengals organization attempting to end the 29-year postseason drought, the new agreement will give them more room for error to sneak into the playoffs.

After cutting Cordy Glenn, a hindsight look doesn’t smile on Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals finally cut offensive tackle Cordy Glenn on Friday. It was a long-awaited move on from a guy who had injury issues, wore out his welcome with a new coaching staff and got suspended and fined.

Derek Wolfe will be an interesting test case for Bengals
Former Cincinnati Bearcat Derek Wolfe will visit the Bengals on his free agency tour. If Cincinnati lands Wolfe, it could show other free agents that coming to the Bengals might not be so bad. Thus, it could lead to more signings. If Wolfe lands elsewhere, it could mean another dull free agency period in Cincinnati.

Around the League

Tom Brady announces he won't return to Patriots
Since taking over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001, TB12 has been the leader of the Pats' historic run of success. New England has never had a losing season with Brady at the helm, won six Super Bowls, made nine Super Bowl appearances and won a whopping 17 AFC East titles, including 11 straight.

Vikings safety Anthony Harris could be trade candidate
Last season we saw a trio of tag-and-trade defenders moved and paid. Those were premium pass rushers, however. How much would a team give up knowing they'd have to also hand Harris, a safety, a big contract like the one he likely would have gotten had he reached the open market?

Bills acquire WR Stefon Diggs from Vikings in trade
Diggs was less than two years removed from signing a five-year extension to stay in Minnesota through the 2023 season. Now the receiver is primed to play the rest of that deal out in Buffalo, barring a contract restructure. Diggs is slated to make $11.5 million in 2020.

Broncos signing Graham Glasgow to four-year contract
In Denver, Glasgow will likely be the Broncos' anchor in the middle of an offensive line that ranked 12th in Pro Football Focus' end-of-season rankings. The return of Ja'Wuan James from injury and the introduction of the reliable Glasgow should make life more comfortable for second-year quarterback Drew Lock.