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Bengals News (2/8): Stiff competition

The Bengals could find themselves in a bidding war with plenty of teams for Carl Lawson’s services. Senior Writer Geoff Hobson answers fans' questions in the latest Hobson's Choice
If they could re-sign both, that would be quite a free-agent haul in itself and would be like last year's first day blockbuster of landing Texans nose tackle D.J. Reader and Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes. It just seems as if they really can't lose Lawson. He's their best pass rusher on a team with the fewest sacks in the NFL over the past two seasons. He's not an alpha, 15-sack-a-year guy, but he's the next best thing, effective enough that offensive lines have to know where he is and double him at times.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Thinking About Tomorrow
It's the "Thinking About Tomorrow" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Dave Lapham and Geoff Hobson join Dan Hoard to peer into the future and take a stab at forecasting what the Bengals will do in free agency and the draft.

NFL free agency: 5 teams that could target Bengals DE Carl Lawson
Lawson was Cincinnati’s only reliable pressure creator in 2020 while creating double-digit sack opportunities for guys around him. He’s one of two elite names in the projected free-agent class (alongside Shaq Barrett).

Bengals issue statement after NFL omits Ken Riley from ‘In Memoriam’
The Cincinnati Bengals were forced to issue a statement on the Sunday of the Super Bowl condemning the NFL for omitting franchise great Ken Riley from an “In Memoriam” segment that ran the day prior.

Bengals insiders don’t see team taking Florida TE Kyle Pitts at No. 5
Pitts, a 6’6″ weapon who scored 12 times over eight games last year, figures to come off the board over the first 10 picks no matter what the Bengals do.

Carson Palmer Praises Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Takes Glass Half Full Approach With Knee Injury
“I was shocked. I thought he was going to be a really good pro and thought the sky was the limit," Palmer said. "But he came in and played as a rookie on a team that was not quite as good as every team they played personnel-wise and he still with that supporting cast around him played like one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league. I was blown away. He didn't have those rookie moments, those rookie passes where you're like 'Oh, no no no no. Don't throw that one.' He was smart with the ball. He was mature."

Cincinnati Bengals Analysts Weigh in on Potentially Taking Florida Tight end Kyle Pitts at No. 5
"At number five I think that's a little bit rich to consider the tight end position," Lapham said on the latest Bengals Booth Podcast. "Taking a tight end at the fifth spot, I don't know, to me that's just a little bit too rich. This kid's really good. There's no doubt about it, but I'm not sure I'd pull the trigger with the other needs the Bengals have."

Bengals 2021 offseason player profile/projection: WR John Ross
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

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What we learned from Buccaneers win over Chiefs in Super Bowl LV
Grand hopes for the Kansas City Chiefs of becoming the NFL's next dynasty were expunged emphatically by the one-man dynasty known as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A slow start for both squads transitioned to Brady and Todd Bowles' Bucs defense dominating Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the latter's bid for a title repeat. Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Bucs' pass rush stymied Mahomes as the Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs, 31-9, on Sunday in Super Bowl LV at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers became the first team to win a Super Bowl in their host stadium and Brady brought home his seventh Super Bowl title in his first season with Tampa Bay after six title runs with the New England Patriots.

Patrick Mahomes human after all, as Chiefs fall to Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV
In the end, when it was clearly over, it was still hard to comprehend. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had previously always seemed to have an answer in his rocket right arm, his sneaky mobility and his penchant for conjuring magic in miraculous fashion. We've rarely seen him running for his life or heaving desperate passes that didn't connect. This is apparently what happens when even the NFL's best player loses too much help.

Bucs S Antoine Winfield Jr. on taunting Tyreek Hill: 'Something I just had to do'
So, late in the Bucs blowout Super Bowl win Sunday, after Tampa's defense got a fourth-down stop, Winfield stood directly in front of Hill and put up his own peace sign in the face of the wideout. Tampa's D had held Hill to seven catches for 73 yards, most coming in garbage time. Winfield was flagged for taunting, a meaningless penalty given the time and score, and one well worth it for the safety.