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How badly does Willie Anderson deserve to get into the Hall of Fame?

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Who the experts think the Bengals will take at No. 5 of the 2021 NFL Draft
The Bengals currently sit with the No. 5 overall pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Here's a look what the national media and draft experts are projecting in their mock drafts, as well as other players the Bengals could select as the draft continues.

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer Gives Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson Advice About Trade Demand
Ultimately, the Bengals sent Palmer to the Raiders in exchange for first and second-round draft picks. He spent two seasons in Oakland before being dealt to Arizona, where he helped them make the NFC Championship Game.

PFF analyzing Bengals' Willie Anderson for Hall of Fame case
Willie Anderson was driving around Atlanta when he received the message. A friend informed him the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters selected him for the first time as one of 25 semifinalists for enshrinement.

Bengals should target draft day trade with QB-needy Panthers
Those Panthers are blatantly on the hunt for an upgrade or simple change under center after a so-so year from Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over 15 games in 2020.

Cincinnati Bengals: 3 early free agent targets for the 2021 offseason
Tackle Jonah Williams had a solid campaign last season. However, even when the line was fully healthy, it could use some upgrades. The Bengals are picking fifth in the draft and have the chance to select Oregon tackle Penei Sewell. He is the highest-rated offensive lineman in most mock drafts and would be a big help in keeping Burrow upright. Having two bookend tackles is the best way to keep their signal-caller healthy.

Bengals could get a second shot at Shaquil Barrett in free agency
The Cincinnati Bengals almost signed edge rusher Shaq Barrett two offseasons ago. They pulled the offer and he went on to sign a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posting 19.5 sacks.

Bengals DC Lou Anarumo pinpoints defense's priority in 2021
The Bengals will be one of six teams heading into the 2021 NFL season employing the same three people as head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator for a third consecutive year.

Former Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins Running Back Mark Walton Arrested in Miami
The 23-year-old was allegedly "trying to break" the window of a Pizza Hut after he felt "disrespected" on the phone while placing his order. Walton also had a physical confrontation with his cousin, who was apparently trying to get the NFL free agent to leave the area.

Around the league

NFL Network's Kay Adams finds one contest Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady don't think Bucs QB could win
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady sit down with NFL Network's Kay Adams to discuss their upcoming matchup in Super Bowl LV and more.

Two Chiefs players clipped by barber's positive COVID-19 test
A barber who recently cut the hair of two Chiefs players received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Sunday, per sources, leading to receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, six days before Super Bowl LV.

Bucky Brooks 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Jets start new era at QB with Justin Fields
With the Reese's Senior Bowl -- a critical part of the evaluation process -- in the books, here's my first crack at how Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft will unfold. To be clear, this mock draft reflects how I think teams view these players, not necessarily a recommendation on what I think they should do.

Official attendance expected for Super Bowl LV: 25,000 fans, 30,000 cutouts
A season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will house the smallest attendance in Super Bowl history. Still, it's a tribute to the league that 25,000 fans are able to gather to watch the Bucs and Chiefs in person at all. Despite the pandemic, the NFL hasn't been forced to cancel a single game this season, which is a credit to the players and league for sticking to the protocols that helped allow games to be played safely.