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Bengals News (2/24): Leaps and bounds

Joe Burrow pinned as a quarterback to make the biggest leap in 2021.

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How Elizabeth Blackburn's Love Of Bengals Football Is Building A Brand For The Present And Future
Blackburn was one of the 63,257 that jammed into the stadium named after her great grandfather for the Wild Card Game against the Steelers that night five years ago. The sight of fans weeping, dancing and shrieking as Vontaze Burfict ran his interception back down the runway to the Bengals locker room with 83 seconds left became a vision.

Joe Burrow tabbed as QB set to make biggest leap in 2021
Many have forgotten just how good Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow looked in 2020 as a rookie before going down with a season-ending knee injury.

LSU Tigers star wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase 'Built Different' in Viral Photo With Star Wide Receivers
The Bengals will have plenty of great options to choose from in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. They should be able to land a difference maker on offense with the fifth overall selection. Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and reigning Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith are three of their top options.

Bengals grab Ja’Marr Chase and an OL upgrade in new 2-round mock draft
In the past, most mocks have gifted the Bengals offensive tackle Penei Sewell and called it a day. Creative ones that give the Bengals Sewell can only get unique by documenting more than one round, such as a recent superb three-round mock draft.

Bengals 2021 offseason player profile/projection: DT Geno Atkins
This offseason will be an important one for the Bengals as they try to build the roster following a fifth straight losing season. With the free agency signing period set to begin on March 17, is going to take a daily look at a player on the roster leading up to that date, where they stand contractually heading into the 2021 season and where they may fit on the 2021 roster:

Tyler Eifert: Jacksonville Jaguars to decline tight end's team option
Jaguars tight end Tyler Eifert, who signed with Jacksonville last year after seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to become a free agent after his team option is declined, according to a report Monday night via Twitter from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Around the League

Ben Roethlisberger 'happy' to adjust deal; expected back with Steelers after meeting with Art Rooney II
Ben Roethlisberger's long-term future is unknown, but it's looking like he'll be in Pittsburgh for at least one more season following his meeting Tuesday with Art Rooney II and the quarterback's agent making it known a contract adjustment would be forthcoming.

2021 NFL free agency: Nine players who CANNOT hit the open market
The NFL's franchise tag period opens today, February 23, and closes on March 9. Then free agency officially begins at the outset of the new league year on March 17. Yep, we're entering prime roster-reconstruction season, with a whole bunch of players on the verge of relocation.

Alex Smith: My comeback 'definitely threw a wrench' in Washington's plan
Alex Smith still wants to continue his NFL career, but it sounds more and more like that might happen outside of Washington. Even if Ron Rivera's squad wants the veteran back, potentially to compete with the likes of Taylor Heinicke or another younger signal-caller, does Smith want to play in Washington?

Police turn over investigation into allegations against Broncos LB Von Miller to DA's office
The Parker (Colo.) Police Department on Tuesday provided the results of an "extensive investigation" into allegations against Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.