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One NFL executive calls the Dolphins giving up their three first round picks for Joe Burrow “too much.”

NFL: FEB 27 Scouting Combine Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Remembering author Jack Clary who co-wrote The Paul Brown Story and passed away at the age of 87
Jack Clary could tell a story, that's for sure. And as an author of 67 books before he passed away last week at 87, he chased down a lot of them. That's because he knew the story is about the story and not the teller. His biggest catch of all remains the Bible of Bengaldom.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone: Darqueze Dennard a good fit
"We feel really good about his skill level to play outside,” coach Doug Marrone said. “He’s a press corner and wants to play outside. He wants to prove that he can do it, and we believe that he can, so it was a good fit for us. D.J. Hayden is our starting nickel corner. I talked to D.J., and we’re extremely happy with him in that spot.”

Joe Burrow Rumors: Exec Says Dolphins Trading 3 Firsts to Bengals Is 'Too Much'
The Cincinnati Bengals are in a position to draft Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, but the Miami Dolphins have shown interest in a possible trade from No. 5.

Patriots aren't considering Andy Dalton as a replacement for Tom Brady, per report
We know the Cincinnati Bengals want to trade Andy Dalton, but one of the few teams in need of a new quarterback doesn't appear interested in trading for him. Despite weeks of speculation that Dalton could be on their radar in the event of Tom Brady's departure, the New England Patriots are apparently not considering the longtime Bengals starter as a potential replacement.

Bengals free agency update: How much money is left & evaluating the moves
With the main wave of NFL free agency comings and goings over, it's a good time to look at where the Bengals stand. Here is who they agreed to sign, where they stand in terms of the 2020 salary cap, which of their own free agents are still unsigned and who may be left on the open market for them to sign:

Bengals’ 3-round mock draft perfectly attacks team’s remaining needs
“Despite rumors to the contrary, this has been set in stone for quite a while. Burrow won’t make trouble about playing in Cincy, and the Bengals finally get the franchise quarterback they so desperately need.”

What does Todd Gurley and the RB market mean for Joe Mixon, Bengals?
Just ask Todd Gurley, the star Los Angeles Rams running back who had a monster deal before getting released. Paying an elite running back was so bad the Rams cut Gurley after inking him to an extension back in July of 2018 and only saved $5.5 million against the cap.

Report: Bengals were interested in free-agent CB Kevin Johnson
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Bengals were one of the teams to express interest in Johnson before he ultimately signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Cleveland Browns.

Lance Zierlein NFL mock draft 2.0: Dolphins go get Joe Burrow
I believe that Joe Burrow is likely headed to the Bengals ... but what if he's not? Who might come up and make a run for Burrow, and how would a trade at the top impact the rest of Round 1? These are questions I like to ask and answer in early iterations of my mock drafts.

Around the League

Philip Rivers considered retirement before free agency
The assumptions proved correct, with Rivers signing a one-year deal last week for a fully guaranteed $25 million, as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. The gunslinger reiterated this weekend he was confident he still had bullets in his right arm. But he also revealed he was considering retirement if he didn't field an offer this offseason, presumably to start.

Patriots to sign QB Brian Hoyer, joins NE for third stint
Hoyer, who last played for the Pats in 2018, is nearing a return to the organization, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday. The terms have not yet been disclosed but Rapoport added that it would be a one-year deal.

Eagles' Darius Slay to wear No. 24 in honor of Kobe
While chatting with fans on Instagram Live Saturday, the new Philadelphia Eagles cornerback revealed what number he plans to wear in his first season in the City of Brotherly Love. The sentiment behind the decision? Paying homage to the late, great Kobe Bryant, who was both a Philadelphia native and noted Eagles fan.

Kraft publishes full-page ad in Tampa thanking Brady
TB Times executive editor Mark Katches shared the ad via Twitter. It reads: "For 20 amazing years, you gave us everything you had. When you arrived as a sixth-round pick -- and the best selection this franchise has ever made -- no one imagined all you'd accomplish or how much you'd soon mean to an entire region."