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Bengals News (3/5): Unbelievable road to NFL trainer

The Bengals trainer had a crazy journey from working as a laundry boy to training NFL players.

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How Bengals athletic trainer Paul Sparling went from laundry boy to NFL Renaissance Man
Last week during the NFL scouting combine, the guy who once drove every golf cart and mini tractor he could get his hands on from the Paul Brown Stadium hallways and parked them in the equipment room, had his mouth left agape when Bengals head physician Marc Galloway suddenly appeared on the podium during a medical confab in Indianapolis. Galloway announced Sparling had just won one of the most prestigious awards of their professions.

Sights And Sounds From The NFL Combine
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine with the Bengals.

Potential No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow doesn't want to be compared to Tom Brady
The Heisman-winning quarterback is already entering the NFL with high expectations. In his final season at LSU, Burrow set an FBS record for most passing touchdowns in a season (60) and led the Tigers to an undefeated record and national championship.

Bengals' second draft pick could help solve most serious problem
Although those in Cincinnati seem smitten with Burrow, the defense is a more serious issue that needs to be solved if the Bengals are going to be a playoff contender in the immediate future. Replenishing the roster with quality, young, defensive talent could help that situation.

Cincinnati Bengals: 30 NFL combine winners to know before 2020 draft
With the NFL Scouting Combine in the books, fans will now be circling names of players they hope land with their favorite team in a few short weeks in Las Vegas.

Why the Cincinnati Bengals got it right with A.J. Green
Wide receiver A.J. Green is likely to get the news he both expects and dreads. The Cincinnati Bengals are likely to use the franchise tag for 2020 on the veteran and often injured receiver, guaranteeing he will earn what the upper echelon of NFL receivers earn. The fly in the ointment for Green will be that he will still be without a long term deal with the team who drafted him and where he’s played his entire career.

Andy Dalton trade rumors 2020: Patriots’ interest is ‘real;’ Bill Belichick believes QB has untapped potential (report)
Earlier this week, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport listed the Patriots among the teams that could pursue Dalton. On Wednesday, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman went even further, reporting that there’s legitimate interest coming from New England -- coming from the man in charge.

Bengals 2020 offseason player profile/projection: Josh Tupou
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 have taken look at offensive players and specialists under contract first then followed by offensive players who will be free agents and now defensive players:

Around the league

CBA ballots sent out; voting open until March 12
NFL owners approved terms of the new CBA deal, which would extend through the 2030 season, on Feb. 20, sending it to the players' reps for ratification. Last week, after a four-hour meeting to tweak parts of the agreements, the NFL Players Association board of representatives voted to send the proposal to its membership for a vote. The new CBA sent to player is 456 pages long and, as Pelissero pointed out, will take some time for players to get through ahead of their decision.

Eagles among potential landing spots for RB McCoy
"Certainly in LeSean McCoy's mind, he thinks he's got some good football left," Garafolo said. "It will not be in Kansas City for him in 2020. This is a little bit of a different scenario. He's been in such high demand throughout his career, this is one where he's going to have to wind up being the right fit."

Tannehill reaffirms he'd 'like to be back' with Titans
Tannehill came to Tennessee via a trade that landed the Titans a backup quarterback and a sixth-round pick. The trade completed a tumultuous, uncertain time for the quarterback, who'd been cast aside by Miami due to a lengthy injury history and some inconsistency on the field.

Bills GM hopes to get deal done with Tre'Davious White
"We'd like to get guys done or re-done if we can," Beane said, via the team's official website. "That's the ideal way. When it's time to sign a guy or re-sign a guy that you have on your roster, it always takes two to figure it out. The best deals are win-win."