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Bengals News (4/28): Embracing the jungle

The rookies have really been happily brought in by some current and former Bengals.

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Tee Higgins looks to be the next in line of great Bengals receivers.
It sounds like they're fitting No. 85 for Tee Higgins in Bengaldom, which is just about right because he's tailored for it. As the Bengals second-round pick in last weekend's draft, he fits all the dimensions of the Big and Tall history of Bengals wide receivers.

How Does LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow Fit With the Cincinnati Bengals?
Just take a minute to really think about the last year of Joe Burrow’s life. A year ago at this time, Burrow was coming off a 2,894 yard, 16 touchdown season and was viewed as a mid round project pick.

Report: Burrow signing $36 million contract with Bengals including $24 million signing bonus
Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, will reportedly sign a $36 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Joe Burrow 'comfortable' with Bengals' offense, says team will incorporate his favorite plays from LSU
"We really helped ourselves — not just this weekend, but really, over the last month-and-a-half," head coach Zac Taylor said on Saturday. "We put ourselves in a really good position — not only from starters that we’ve acquired, but players that are going to add depth and value there. I’m really excited about how the weekend has shaken out.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Grading the 2020 NFL Draft
The Cincinnati Bengals started off their draft just the way most expected them to, then surprised with a few of their later picks. In the end, they did just what they said they would in balancing their needs with taking advantage of top talent available.

Projected 2020 Bengals depth chart following the draft, free agency
Here is a look at a projected depth chart for the Bengals in 2020 based on a 53-player roster (two additional practice squad players can be promoted to the active roster each week under the new collective bargaining agreement, but they are not factored into this roster and note that players in italics are new in 2020):

Around the league

32 NFL players most likely to be cut or traded after the 2020 NFL draft
The Bengals refused to admit whether they had received any trade offers for Dalton during the draft, which is most likely admitting they didn't. They lost virtually all their leverage with Dalton after the Bears traded for Nick Foles, given that no other team was going to be comfortable paying Dalton the remainder of his one-year, $17.5 million deal. Nobody believes they are going to pay Dalton that much money to serve as the backup to No. 1 pick Joe Burrow.

Fifth-year option predictions for 2017 NFL first-round picks
A combine darling who became a top-10 pick because of his 4.22-second 40-yard dash time and because receivers were flying off the board earlier than expected, Ross has 716 yards on 49 catches across three seasons and hasn't been able to stay on the field. Could this be the year he finally stays healthy and parlays his star potential into reliable production? Of course it could.

Chiefs release Dustin Colquitt after 15 seasons in K.C.
It is officially the end for Colquitt in Kansas City, though, as the Chiefs have released the punter after 15 seasons with the team, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Colquitt posted a farewell message to Instagram early Tuesday morning.

FA signings could follow after comp pick deadline ends
Monday at 4 p.m. ET was the deadline for unrestricted free-agent signings to count in the compensatory pick formula for the following draft. Players officially signed after that deadline will not contribute to their former teams' chances of receiving a compensatory pick for their departure.

Roundup: Patriots FB James Develin retiring from NFL
"Due to unforeseen complications with the injury that ended my season last year, I have decided it is both in my and my family's best interest to retire from the game of football," Develin wrote. "I've always maintained a belief that in the sport, the team is MUCH more important than myself as an individual ... and that belief still rings true, as I have to prioritize my team at home before anything else."