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Bengals News (2/22): Making moves

The Bengals could pick up a few extra picks by moving back on the second day of the draft.

Hobson's Choice: Senior Writer Geoff Hobson answers questions from fans
I guess mark me down for trying to hold the line (pardon the pun) on guard money with the intent of funneling the big bucks to perimeter players. And a high end tackle would cost even more than that. But with the drafting of tackle Jonah Williams No. 1 in 2019 and the potential of getting another one in the first two rounds this year, you don't also need to make that gargantuan investment in free agency.

Did Bengals’ website drop a hint about upcoming jersey redesign?
In a recent Q&A session over at though, Geoff Hobson might’ve let the smallest of details slip while fielding a question about whether he could reveal any insight about the jerseys:

Should Bengals chase prove-it deal free agents like Jadeveon Clowney?
He proceeded to play in just eight games, registering zero sacks and proving little. Now 28, Clowney has consistently had problems staying healthy and he doesn’t put up the mega-pressure numbers that help an edge defender like himself earn that massive contract.

Billy Price Offers Up Some Big Time Praise for Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow
The 24-year-old played at a high level for most of 2020, before his first NFL season came to an ugly end in November when he suffered a season-ending left knee injury against Washington.

Bengals: Free agency heat is already being cranked up for Carl Lawson
One quick glance at a social media post from Lawson, and you’ll see a bevy of fans from opposing teams pleading with the Auburn product to come to their team, namely the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. Hop on any one of the analytic sites and you’ll find detailed breakdowns of the 25-year-old standout praising his ability and imagining his impact on another team.

Bengals: A lot of talk about a round one trade but why not round two?
It’s a transaction the franchise has pulled off masterfully in the past. In 2018, they moved off their initial second-round selection and still ended up with the best safety in all of football, Jessie Bates III. Just the year prior to that, they opted to trade back in the second round once more and landed their star running back, Joe Mixon.

Around the league

J.J. Watt: 'You’re gonna have to give me a second to choose a new team and city'
Rumors have connected the three-time Defensive Player of the Year to Pittsburgh to play with his brothers or Green Bay to return home. Cleveland and Buffalo reportedly have an interest in the veteran defensive lineman. The Tennessee Titans have publicly stated that they've reached out. Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins is campaigning for his former teammate to join him in Arizona.

Cam Newton was 'thinking too much' on field after midseason COVID-19 bout
"I was one of the first football players to catch it, and it happened so fast," said Newton of COVID-19, via the Boston Globe. "When I came back, that's where the lack of an offseason and the lack of time in the system really showed itself. I was behind and I was thinking too much.

Three solutions to Steelers' quarterback conundrum; three best fits for J.J. Watt
The clock is ticking as the Pittsburgh Steelers contemplate whether to move on from Ben Roethlisberger after the recent completion of his 17th NFL season. The two-time Super Bowl champion certainly deserves kudos for keeping the Steelers in the title hunt since stepping into the lineup fresh out of Miami (Ohio), but he turns 39 next month and the last year of his contract features a super-sized salary cap number of $41.25 million.

Hunter Henry 'open to whatever' as TE approaches free agency
"I've really enjoyed my time here, so I'm not going to ever rule that out, you know, with a young quarterback, me and Justin (Herbert) have formed a relationship," Henry explained in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "But I think I'm open to whatever, and I think I kind of have to, in a way, but I really enjoyed my time and if that continues, I'll be excited. If that doesn't, then that would be a new step and a new place to kind of start again."