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Bengals find some relief at their linebacker position before the draft.

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Reports: Bengals Raid Ravens For Backer Bynes
The Bengals have delved into the second phase of free agency and according to published reports emerging Tuesday night they not only added a starting inside linebacker in Ravens veteran Josh Bynes, but a defensive leader as well. Another report had them agreeing with a back-up wide receiver in the Rams' Mike Thomas.

Source -- Jaguars sign veteran Tyler Eifert to bolster thin tight end corps
The team agreed to terms with Eifert on a two-year deal Tuesday night, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano. The move makes the oft-injured player the top option for second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew. It also reunites him with current Jags offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, his former OC with the Bengals.

Ex-Ravens LB Josh Bynes signs 1-year deal with Bengals, source says
Bynes, who turns 31 on Aug. 24, was one of the biggest surprises on defense for the Ravens last season. After being out of football for training camp and the first quarter of the regular season, Bynes reunited with Baltimore in Week 5 and immediately anchored the middle of a then-struggling defense for the final three months of the regular season.

Why it makes sense for the Cincinnati Bengals to trade down for Justin Herbert
In the latest NFL mock draft, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein has the Cincinnati Bengals trading the No. 1 pick to the Miami Dolphins. The Fins select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Cincinnati sits at No. 5.

Chargers Free Agency News: Bolts signing LB Nick Vigil
Vigil spent the last four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted in the third round out of Utah State in 2016 NFL Draft. Vigil played sparingly as a rookie, only playing in 11 games. He played in 11 games each of the next two seasons, starting 11 and 10, respectively. In 2019, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career, totaling 111 total tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack, one interception, five pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Cincinnati Bengals 7-round mock draft after free agency spending spree
As the most consequential Cincinnati Bengals offseason since 2003 continues apace, our understanding of the Bengals’ top needs heading into the 2020 NFL draft has further crystallized. Through multiple signings, the Bengals have reduced the primacy of their needs at interior defensive line and cornerback, but obvious needs remain. Using The Draft Networks predictive board and mock draft simulator, I set out to add to the Bengals young core and to address some of the remaining needs.

NFL Roundtable: Bengals Free Agency Update with Cincy Jungle
I’m here to tell you right now that Bengals fans didn’t care about any value here. When they saw the player and contract and the word #Bengals next to them, there was a collective elation in Cincinnati. They never do this, literally. This is the biggest contract the Bengals have ever given to an external free agent, EVER. We’re still waiting to see the details of Reader’s contract, but his average annual value matches what overthecap.com projected he’d make almost exactly. It’s a good deal for a very good player.

NFL odds set paltry win total for Bengals despite aggressive offseason
But on the other, the Bengals just uncharacteristically committed more than $100 million to outside free agents. A green coaching staff should be better prepared for next season. And as NFL fans well know — nothing moves the needle like an improvement under center.

Cincinnati Bengals draft profile: LB Davion Taylor, Colorado
Taylor had an impressive NFL combine, capping it off with a 4.49 400-yard dash time. In college, the speedy linebacker was All Pac-12 in the 100m dash with a 10.51. Although very explosive, Taylor is a little raw and inexperienced, not playing football until college. The 21-year-old is someone with very high potential and with NFL coaching can turn into a star at the professional level. Here are some strengths and weaknesses from Taylor:

Bengals missed the mark with Andy Dalton at trade deadline
The Cincinnati Bengals look to have overestimated the market for veteran quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton, who was thought to be a hot commodity this offseason, has seen the effects of a saturated market at his position. Most telling was who wound up where, especially as the first domino, specifically, Tom Brady, began to fall.

Around the League

No plans to postpone upcoming 2020 NFL Draft
During a conference all on Tuesday, multiple NFL general managers argued in favor of delaying the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but there is currently no consideration at the league level of postponing it, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.

NFL club facilities will be closed effective Wednesday
"Over the past week, every NFL club has suspended normal business operations in response to the advice of medical experts and public health authorities," Goodell's statement began. "Last week, we agreed with the NFLPA to close all facilities to players other than those receiving medical treatment and rehabilitation. In the succeeding days, clubs took further steps to respond to current conditions and directed all but a limited number of staff to work remotely. In part, these changes were prompted by state or local government orders to 'stat at home' but in many other cases, clubs changed their practices to contribute to the national effort to employ remote work options as an essential element to reducing the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus and the risk of exposure.

WR Perriman signing with Jets for 1 year, up to $8M
A first-round bust for the Ravens selected 26th in the 2015 NFL Draft, Perriman made his way to the Browns in 2018, but the trade for Odell Beckham essentially crowded the receiver room and Perriman made it to Tampa in 2019.

Chargers update look with shift to powder blue
In a move likely to be cheered by most, the Chargers are officially making a shift to powder blue. The Chargers revealed their updated logo Tuesday, a simpler icon that replaces their previous double-outlined lightning bolt with one that features a powder blue line that borders a Sunshine Gold bolt. The bolt itself has changed slightly as well, taking on less of a symmetrical arch and flattening out in what can be considered a sharper look.