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Bengals News (9/2): Snubbed again

Ken Riley was almost among the finalists for the Hall of Fame, but he ended up getting snubbed yet again.

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The inside story on Joe Mixon's four-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon, the client, could have tweeted it, Instagrammed it or just left it to one of the NFL insiders waiting on call to announce the four-year, $48 million extension making him the highest paid running back in the history of a franchise that also boasts Corey Dillon, Rudi Johnson and Cedric Benson.

Reports: Bengals reach a four-year, $48 million extension with running back Joe Mixon.
According to multiple reports the Bengals reached a four-year, $48 million extension with running back Joe Mixon, a deal he heralded by tweeting a picture of him in his practice jersey with Bengals executives Katie and Elizabeth Blackburn and Paul Brown. Elizabeth Blackburn, the club's director of strategy and engagement, took the selfie and Mixon then proceeded to jog out to his first practice in more than a week after suffering from migraines.

How Bengals can make most of Joe Mixon's $48M extension
The picture he sent before Tuesday's practice left little to the imagination. It was a selfie that featured Mixon, smiling and throwing up the peace sign as he stood with members of the Brown family -- executive vice president Katie Blackburn, VP of player personnel Paul Brown and Elizabeth Blackburn, the director of strategy and engagement.

Bengals' 53-man roster projection - Receiver talent surrounds Joe Burrow
The Cincinnati Bengals open the regular season against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 13 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals are coming off a 2-14 season, which was the worst in the NFL in 2019. However, their misfortune also netted the top overall pick, which they used on quarterback Joe Burrow. He will be the starter for Week 1 in Zac Taylor's second season as coach.

Joe Mixon’s Bengals extension was 8 months in the making
The badly-kept secret was finalized Tuesday when word broke Mixon and the team had agreed to a four-year extension that makes the star running back one of the highest-paid players at his position.

Bengals news: Cincinnati cap space update after Joe Mixon extension
After a wild offseason of big expenditures, it was clear the team would center its focus on finalizing an extension for star running back Joe Mixon. Duke Tobin and the entire front office and coaching staff never hid that from fans.

Mackensie Alexander back with Bengals
Alexander left Bengals camp last week after receiving word that his father had gone missing in Florida while on a berry-picking trip. His father was reported missing on August 24 and was found alive on August 27.

Hall's senior moments continue to penalize Colts, Chargers and Bengals
Nothing surprising there. Pearson played on a Super Bowl winner. Riley did not. Pearson was a three-time Pro Bowl choice. Riley was not. In fact, he wasn’t named to one Pro Bowl. Pearson was a first-team all-decade member. Riley was not on any all-decade teams. Pearson was a Centennial Class finalist. Riley was not.

Around the league

Patriots not believed to be in running to sign Leonard Fournette
Fournette cleared waivers Tuesday with no team willing to take on the $4 million on his contract. It wasn't a surprise no team plucked him off waivers given that none were willing to trade even a conditional late-round pick to Jacksonville.

Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys won't 'do anything dumb' to risk spreading COVID-19
During training camps, players are tied up for much of the day in safe buildings and traveling mostly to and from the facility. Now that teams are getting in game-mode, schedules begin to lax, providing more downtime for players, and travel for away games will start.

Adam Gase wants Le'Veon Bell more involved in passing game
"I feel like we can find better ways to get him the ball to help him create more explosive plays," Gase said, via Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. "We can get him in space better than what we did last year. I think there was a lot of good that did in the receiving game last year. But I don't think we ever really gave him enough space to work. Because that's his game. If he gets space to work, he's going to make a guy miss... I think we really got to use the whole gamut and find as many different ways to get him the ball in space as possible."

Lions sign LT Taylor Decker to multi-year extension
Decker's extension includes $37.5 million fully guaranteed, Rapoport added, but isn't quite the length his representation presents it to be on paper. Rapoport reported the deal tacks on four new years to Decker's existing contract that is set to pay him $10.35 million in 2020, meaning the following four years are worth $60 million. There is a sixth and final year on the contract that is voidable for cap management reasons, explaining the six-year, $85 million number made public by Decker's representation.

Kamara says he's made no trade request, holdout threat
As Alvin Kamara aims for a contract extension with the New Orleans Saints and certainties regarding the situation seem arduous to come by, the running back and his agent refuted any claims of trade requests or holdout threats, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.