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Bengals News (7/8): Sitting on the bubble

A look at a possible early roster bubble for the Bengals entering training camp.

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Looking at the Top 10 Media Go-To Guys
So it's a nice, tidy season to recognize some of the top moments in the era, stretching from the selection of Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick in the first round on April 15, 2000 during the final Spinney Field draft to the last virtual rookie meeting on June 25, 2020 to close the pandemic offseason in which the Paul Brown Stadium meeting rooms never opened.

Clock ticking on possible A.J. Green extension with Bengals
Cincinnati placed the franchise tag on the seven-time Pro Bowler this offseason. The deadline for franchise players to agree to an extension is July 15. The odds of Green and the Bengals agreeing to an extension is unlikely. A new contract was complicated enough, given his injury history.

Patrick Mahomes' massive contract extension impacts young NFL quarterbacks like Joe Burrow
Plenty of analysts have wondered how Mahomes' deal will impact the quarterback market? Will this help Dak Prescott get the contract he's asking for from the Cowboys? Can Deshaun Watson demand this type of deal from the Texans?

Cincinnati Bengals: 12 players on the roster bubble for training camp
But besides the date itself, nothing will feel normal about this year’s summer work. That includes the sheer size of the roster, which will be smaller than normal, potentially in the 80-player range based on negotiations between the NFLPA and NFL.

Bengals' Michael Jordan ready to take game further in sophomore season
Cincinnati Bengals guard Michael Jordan is already making an impact in Year 2. Jordan hosted a mini-clinic at Taft High School last week for members of the football team. He provided coaching and one-on-one mentoring for the prep football players. Attendees also received backpacks.

Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium sits bottom five in new rankings
The home of the Cincinnati Bengals isn’t terribly old, but some interesting design setbacks and the lack of meaningful innovation to break up the monotony of cement makes for a stale experience.

The days are numbered for an A.J. Green extension with the Bengals
On March 16th, the Cincinnati Bengals expectedly placed the franchise tag on A.J. Green, leaving four months for the two sides to agree on a long-term extension. Otherwise, contract negotiations would have to wait until after the 2020 season and the Pro Bowl wide receiver would hit free agency. With only a week remaining until the deadline, the Bengals and Green are in crunch time to come to terms on a price.

Bengals won’t suffer from lack of a 2020 supplemental draft
The league informed teams recently there won’t be a supplemental draft this year. That news struck down the idea some teams might like the event more than usual because of the possibility big-name college players could elect to enter it instead of waiting on the unknown that is this college football season.

PFF has a grim outlook for the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line
The Cincinnati Bengals’ coaching staff has sent an optimistic message regarding one of their weakest units in recent history, the offensive line. That’s to be expected, as no team is going to cast doubt around a portion of their roster, no matter what the reality may be.

Around the league

Mahomes' deal: Which other QB would you want for next 12 years?
On Monday, the star quarterback signed a 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported. With the two years remaining on his rookie deal, Mahomes is in line to dazzle Chiefs Kingdom through the 2031 NFL season. How did he land a deal of this magnitude?

Bills WR Stefon Diggs: Not 'comfortable starting back up'
With three weeks until players are scheduled to report to training camp, a lot of questions remain unanswered as to how returning to work for NFL players will look amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid, 62, isn't close to considering retirement
"In the young 70s, huh?" Reid quipped, via a transcript released by the team. "Listen, I haven't got to that point mentally where I'm thinking about retirement. One of the great things about this job is when you look forward to coming to work and to deal with the players and coaches. I'm lucky enough to be around good players and coaches. This guy here [Mahomes], makes it even better. He has a unique ability with what he does with his teammates. The Honey Badger [Tyrann Mathieu] was part of this too. ... Both of those two guys make our jobs very enjoyable. I come to work and have two great leaders like that, along with other players who love to play the game. Listen, if it takes me into my 70s, then let's roll. Herbie, doggone it, I'm ready to go."

Titans GM wants to see Jadeveon Clowney in person before signing
"What I've seen on Twitter, him rushing off the edge and hitting that bag," he said, via "Anytime you are dealing with whatever the contract is going to command, you want to make sure that the player is healthy, that you are able to allow your doctors to see him, to look at it, to make sure everything is going to be good."