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Bengals News (3/18): Chad Johnson the recruiter

Chad Johnson is busy trying to bring in talent from around the NFL.

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Chad Johnson recruits Kenny Golladay, Riley Reiff to Bengals
Chad Johnson is putting in some overtime to help the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency right now. Johnson took to social media to chirp messages at a few of the targets the Bengals are apparently going after as we speak. One of those is former Detroit Lions star wideout Kenny Golladay, as the Bengals put in an offer for his services — but he’s reportedly visiting elsewhere first.

A.J. Green: 'Cincinnati Will Always Be My First Love'
A.J. Green's final play as a Bengal shows you why he's one of the most significant people in franchise history. Far removed from one of his spectacular sleight-of-hand bits that made geometry invisible when the show was at its apex, it is a simple gesture of respect and kindness. A mere trip up the stairs to Paul Brown Stadium and the corner office, where Green had an idea Bengals president Mike Brown wouldn't be surprised to see him.

Bengals Notebook: Tee Higgins to be the No. 1 receiver, offers made to Larry Ogunjobi and Kenny Golladay
Higgins, who just so happens to be working out in Arizona, says he's ready to replace his idol as the Bengals' No. 1 outside receiver bolstered by two-time 1,000-yard slot man Tyler Boyd, two-time 1,000-yard rusher Joe Mixon and the man that found him four times in his first seven starts for touchdowns in quarterback Joe Burrow.

Hendrickson's Obsession With QBs Brings Him To Bengals: "He's Not Going To Back Down"
Trey Hendrickson, who reports say just became the richest Bengals free agent ever with his double-digit ability to sack the passer, says he's not consumed by money or stats. "Not even fame," he says. But quarterbacks are another matter and they are big reasons why he's set to be introduced Friday as the man the Bengals hope revives the pass rush.

NFL free agency 2021 winners and losers: Curtis Samuel cashes in, while Bengals and Giants are left in limbo
At 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, the 2021 NFL season truly began. At that moment, teams could begin officially signing free agents following two days of legal tampering. And while many players came to terms on contracts during the tampering period, more than half of the players on Pete Prisco's top 100 free agents list were still available entering the first day of the new league year.

Bengals re-sign Mike Thomas
Thomas signed with the Bengals after spending his first four seasons with the Rams. He had 10 catches for 144 yards while with the NFC West club, but set career highs with 13 catches for 132 yards during the 2020 season. Thomas also caught his first NFL touchdown.

Tee Higgins: "Now's the time" for younger Bengals to step up
Green spent a decade as one of the leaders in Cincinnati and his departure opens the door for others to take up that mantle. Wide receiver Tee Higgins told the team’s website that he, quarterback Joe Burrow, running back Joe Mixon, and wide receiver Tyler Boyd are ready to grab it.

Insider Believes 1-Year Offer Benefits Cincinnati Bengals in Their Pursuit of Kenny Golladay
"Most of the receivers that I talk to that are on the street right now, they all want one-year deals," ESPN's Dianna Russini said on the Ryen Russilo podcast. "So they're asking for double-digits on one-year, which to me that's tough. I understand what they're doing. I'm interested to see when this comes to fruition and how these deals get done and I'm not obsessed with contracts, but I want to see these contracts."

2021 Free Agency: Bengals are making moves, but they aren't improving
The NFL’s free agency tampering period began on Monday and the Cincinnati Bengals have been making moves. In-house free agents like Carl Lawson, William Jackson III, and A.J. Green have reportedly signed deals elsewhere, but Duke Tobin and co. have gotten to work on replacing these players with outsiders like defensive end Trey Hendrickson and cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton.

An Open Letter to Former Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver A.J. Green: Thank You
Green knows the spotlight has been on him throughout his football career, but the superstar has lived by one mantra: "Get up. Go to work. Do your job. Don’t complain. Rinse and repeat." The seven-time Pro Bowler wrote about his work ethic and approach to the game, life, and raising his boys as part of his entry "Work" in The Player’s Tribune last August.

A.J. Green: 'Cincinnati Will Always Be My First Love'
A.J. Green's final play as a Bengal shows you why he's one of the most significant people in franchise history. Far removed from one of his spectacular sleight-of-hand bits that made geometry invisible when the show was at its apex, it is a simple gesture of respect and kindness. A mere trip up the stairs to Paul Brown Stadium and the corner office, where Green had an idea Bengals president Mike Brown wouldn't be surprised to see him.

Bengals Notebook: Tee Higgins to be the No. 1 receiver, offers made to Larry Ogunjobi and Kenny Golladay
Higgins, who just so happens to be working out in Arizona, says he's ready to replace his idol as the Bengals' No. 1 outside receiver bolstered by two-time 1,000-yard slot man Tyler Boyd, two-time 1,000-yard rusher Joe Mixon and the man that found him four times in his first seven starts for touchdowns in quarterback Joe Burrow.

Hendrickson's Obsession With QBs Brings Him To Bengals: "He's Not Going To Back Down"
Trey Hendrickson, who reports say just became the richest Bengals free agent ever with his double-digit ability to sack the passer, says he's not consumed by money or stats. "Not even fame," he says. But quarterbacks are another matter and they are big reasons why he's set to be introduced Friday as the man the Bengals hope revives the pass rush.

NFL free agency 2021 winners and losers: Curtis Samuel cashes in, while Bengals and Giants are left in limbo
At 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, the 2021 NFL season truly began. At that moment, teams could begin officially signing free agents following two days of legal tampering. And while many players came to terms on contracts during the tampering period, more than half of the players on Pete Prisco's top 100 free agents list were still available entering the first day of the new league year.

Bengals re-sign Mike Thomas
Thomas signed with the Bengals after spending his first four seasons with the Rams. He had 10 catches for 144 yards while with the NFC West club, but set career highs with 13 catches for 132 yards during the 2020 season. Thomas also caught his first NFL touchdown.

Tee Higgins: "Now's the time" for younger Bengals to step up
Green spent a decade as one of the leaders in Cincinnati and his departure opens the door for others to take up that mantle. Wide receiver Tee Higgins told the team’s website that he, quarterback Joe Burrow, running back Joe Mixon, and wide receiver Tyler Boyd are ready to grab it.

Insider Believes 1-Year Offer Benefits Cincinnati Bengals in Their Pursuit of Kenny Golladay
"Most of the receivers that I talk to that are on the street right now, they all want one-year deals," ESPN's Dianna Russini said on the Ryen Russilo podcast. "So they're asking for double-digits on one-year, which to me that's tough. I understand what they're doing. I'm interested to see when this comes to fruition and how these deals get done and I'm not obsessed with contracts, but I want to see these contracts."

2021 Free Agency: Bengals are making moves, but they aren't improving
The NFL’s free agency tampering period began on Monday and the Cincinnati Bengals have been making moves. In-house free agents like Carl Lawson, William Jackson III, and A.J. Green have reportedly signed deals elsewhere, but Duke Tobin and co. have gotten to work on replacing these players with outsiders like defensive end Trey Hendrickson and cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton.

An Open Letter to Former Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver A.J. Green: Thank You
Green knows the spotlight has been on him throughout his football career, but the superstar has lived by one mantra: "Get up. Go to work. Do your job. Don’t complain. Rinse and repeat." The seven-time Pro Bowler wrote about his work ethic and approach to the game, life, and raising his boys as part of his entry "Work" in The Player’s Tribune last August.

Around the league

Broncos rescind Phillip Lindsay's tender; RB now an unrestricted free agent
The decision comes after discussions with Lindsay's agent, Mike McCartney, regarding the club's restricted free agent tender. The Broncos decided to rescind the tender, which was placed at the lowest level giving Denver the right to match any contract. Rescinding the tender makes Lindsay an unrestricted free agent.

Patriots safety Patrick Chung retires after 11 seasons in NFL
"I want to say thank you to the Patriots organization, my family, my fans, coaches, just everyone," Chung wrote. "I'm in tears writing this but I've decided to hang up the cleats. Bill [Belichick] Mr. Kraft (mean mug) thank you for fiving me the opportunity to play for your team for 11 years. I love you. Bill for teaching me life on and off the field, I will not forget that. To my teammates, trainers, Eq team, video guys, meal room employees, janitors, etc. I love you guys and ladies. Thank you for being the rock to the organization. For cleaning up, feeding taking care of me for 11 years. You will forever be family.

2021 NFL free agency: Wednesday's winners and losers
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that a clandestine meeting between Bears general manager Ryan Pace and Seahawks GM John Schneider took place in Fargo, North Dakota, when the two were in town for prospect Trey Lance's pro day. The Seahawks slept on the offer. According to Rapsheet, it was Seahawks coach Pete Carroll who decided that, at 69 years old, he's not looking to rebuild his team.