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Bengals News (3/26): Change continues

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The Bengals keep bringing in contributor after contributor for the defense this offseason.

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The Bengals reportedly signed safety Vonn Bell to a three-year contract.
The latest surfaced Wednesday off internet reports they agreed with Saints safety Vonn Bell on three years for $18 million as he became the third starting defensive back to join them since free agency opened last week and the sixth new defender. At roughly a total cost of $115 million, the Bengals have attacked decimal points with dollar signs for a defense that gave up a league-leading 6.1 yards per play.

Xavier Su'a-Filo brings intangibles and the physicality the Bengals are looking for on the offensive line
They talk about the Bengals offensive line and how it needs this and how it lacks and that and then, according to a series of published reports, a guy like Xavier Su'a-Filo shows up in March. Named for a fictional police chief with a verifiable resume of stout play and intangibles, Su'a-Filo's reported arrival may help their O-line become one of the surprise storylines of the season.

Former Saints safety Vonn Bell to sign with Bengals
The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder was an every-down player for the Saints when healthy in 2019. He set a career high with 89 tackles in just 13 games played, and he reeled in his first career interception. He also led the NFL with five fumble recoveries in the regular season -- then added a sixth in the Saints' playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Bengals open to keeping Andy Dalton in 2020, possibly as backup to Joe Burrow, per report
The Cincinnati Bengals have been pretty open about wanting to move on from longtime starting quarterback Andy Dalton, reportedly working with the veteran to find a new home and making him widely available for trade. Now, however, with most QB openings filled following the first wave of 2020 NFL free agency, another option appears to be on the table: keeping Dalton around.

Bengals open to keeping Andy Dalton on roster in 2020
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday's edition of NFL Total Access, which airs daily at 7 p.m. ET, that "all options are still on the table," when it comes to Dalton's future in Cincinnati, and that includes potentially bringing the QB back in 2020 and having him serve as the backup. At this point, nothing has been decided from Cincinnati's standpoint, Rapoport added.

Cincinnati Bengals adding Vonn Bell to revamped defense
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Wednesday, the Bengals will add former New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell on a three-year deal. The team also are signing defensive back LeShaun Sims from the Titans.

Signing of Tyler Eifert Is Latest in Recent Trend of Former Bengals’ Top Picks Joining Jaguars
As of Wednesday afternoon, former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is officially a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The eighth-year veteran will be a key piece of the roster next season, but he is also the latest in a recent trend of former Bengals' top picks finding their way to Jacksonville.

Bengals use Zac Taylor connection to sign free-agent WR Mike Thomas
Taylor should know all about Thomas though as he spent time as the Rams’ assistant wide receivers coach. If nothing else, this is a familiarity signing for both parties and perhaps an underrated one that secures a player who could end up making the final roster.

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NFL free agency: Fits for Cam Newton, Jadeveon Clowney, more
This might not sound like it makes sense on the surface, but one must remember that Josh McDaniels once spent a first-round pick on Tim Tebow, so dual-threat quarterbacking is clearly something of interest to the Patriots' offensive coordinator. And it's not hard to imagine Bill Belichick being intrigued by something different than what he's had at QB for the past two decades in New England. Obviously, Newton's multiple ailments over the past few years are a concern, but New England is exactly the kind of franchise that might be able to get the former league MVP on a one-year prove-it deal. Newton wouldn't have a ton of weapons to work with, but would have a reliable slot receiver in Julian Edelman -- and not the stiffest competition to battle for the starting job. The Patriots could afford to take a team-friendly gamble on Newton and potentially benefit in a major way.

Rivera: Haskins is starter, but Redskins QBs competing
"We're going into camp believing [Haskins is the starting quarterback], but they're going to be competing," Rivera said, via The Team 980, Redskins Radio. "At the end of the day, nobody knows what's going to happen, so we just have to get ourselves ready. Really like what we have in terms of our young quarterbacks. Kyle is also a young guy, has a long arm, understands the game, understands how we do things, so I'm excited about what the potential could be."

Montana: Patriots 'made a mistake' with Brady leaving
"I don't know what's going on inside there, but somebody made a mistake," Montana told Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports, regarding Brady's free-agent move to Tampa Bay. "I think when you look at the whole situation, you try to figure out how you want to get away from things that are there. I had a different story, where they had made a decision. He, obviously, they never would have gotten rid of. I still don't understand how New England let him get away. I don't understand that."

Sean Payton says he's 'cleared' of coronavirus
"So I've been fortunate. You stay inside like everyone's doing, and you find ways to pass the time. We had a competition committee meeting the other day on teleconference. But I'm feeling a lot better. And unfortunately, my appetite didn't dissipate at all during that time. You know, you watch a lot of Netflix, then you go on to Twitter, and you see everyone else is watching the same shows."

Elway: Broncos got a 'steal' in trade for Jurrell Casey
"We're excited about [how it] unfolded," Elway said, via the team website. "You never know. We still have to go win football games. But it was a good start for us this offseason with A.J. Bouye, trading for him at the corner position and then Jurrell Casey, trading for him at the defensive tackle position that we needed and steal a very, very good football player, a five-time Pro Bowler."