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Bengals News (2/15): Change of plans

The Bengals could drastically change their draft needs by acquiring a few free agents at key positions.

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Bengals Booth Podcast: Interview with Pro Football Focus Senior College Analyst Anthony Treash
It's the "Thinking Out Loud" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Pro Football Focus Senior College Analyst Anthony Treash shares his thoughts on who the Bengals should sign and draft this offseason.

Bengals: 3 free agents that could alter 2021 NFL Draft plans
Coming off yet another disappointing season, the Cincinnati Bengals face a crucial off-season ahead. Entering Zac Taylor’s third season as head coach, the Bengals need to show true improvement in order for Taylor to keep his job. His first two years have not been pretty, although there have been a few bright spots.

Bengals playbook could get an interesting revamp this offseason
A year ago, the team was simply doing its best to shove some LSU concepts into the playbook to get rookie passer Joe Burrow as ready as possible to play after an odd summer and preseason-less fall.

Tyler Boyd Wants J.J. Watt to Sign With the Cincinnati Bengals
Watt is still one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL. His ability to play inside and outside, while impacting the quarterback is a rare trait that would help plenty of teams.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals get Joe Burrow best pass catcher in class, Steelers target RB in Round 1
Trevor Lawrence could have thrown every one of his pro-day passes underhanded and out of bounds and it wouldn't have changed his draft stock. Instead, he was clinical, showing off his athleticism and arm strength, and reconfirmed what we all knew: He's the best player in this class. Now he'll have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and get ready for the 2021 season in Jacksonville.

Around the league

Buccaneers almost cut Leonard Fournette before epic playoff run
Following his release from Jacksonville, where he was mostly a workhorse for his first three seasons, Fournette landed in Tampa and shared backfield snaps behind Ronald Jones. The latter was clearly the better back for the bulk of the regular season. Through the first 12 weeks of the season, Fournette had 69 rushing attempts for 271 yards and three TDs, while adding 28 catches for 171 yards.

Jalen Hurts reportedly expected to gather Eagles receivers for workouts
The uncertainty surrounding the Eagles' QB situation is what makes these future workouts interesting. If Wentz's situation is resolved by the time Hurts gathers with those wideouts, the second-year quarterback will be prepping as the 2021 starter. If the circumstances remain unclear, it adds another layer.

Matthew Stafford on trade to Rams: 'I asked to go to a team that was ready to win a championship'
It all manifested into a blockbuster trade to the Rams, with whom Stafford has the potential to be the missing piece of a Super Bowl puzzle. L.A., after all, is only two years removed from playing in the title game. That day's victor, the Patriots, was also among the several clubs inquiring about the star veteran.

J.J. Watt landing spots: Steelers, Cowboys, Packers among nine teams that could be his next NFL home
Where might Watt land? At 31 years old and nearing 32, Watt is on the back nine of his career, meaning he's running out of time to win a ring. He's already made $100 million in his career, so money might not end up being much of a factor. Let's explore some of the most likely destinations for the future Hall of Fame defensive end.