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Bengals News (3/23): Staying home

Kevin Huber has been a hometown punter for the Bengals since he was drafted, and now he will be returning to continue that role.

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Bengals punter Kevin Huber agreed to come back for a 13th season in Cincinnati
Huber, who turns 36 a few weeks before training camp, chalked up career-highs in averages of gross and net yards in besting the marks of his one Pro Bowl season in 2014. He took a one-year deal but wants to punt until he's at least 40.

Cincinnati Bengals re-signed punter Kevin Huber to a one-year contract
Huber, a 13th-year player out of the University of Cincinnati, originally was a fifth-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2009. He stands as the team's career leader in every significant punting category, including total (914), yards (41,362), gross average (45.25), net average (40.22) and inside-20s (315). He enters 2021 with 190 career games played, fourth-most in team history behind Ken Riley (207), Reggie Williams (206) and Ken Anderson (192).

Insider Makes Bold Prediction About 2021 NFL Draft
The Bengals are focused on free agency, but the NFL Draft is just five weeks away. Some want Cincinnati to take Oregon star tackle Penei Sewell, while others think a high-end skill player like Ja'Marr Chase or Kyle Pitts makes more sense. What would the Bengals do if all three players were available at No. 5?

Bengals: How team fares in PFF’s improvement index after free agency
After high-profile losses like William Jackson and Carl Lawson, the team re-made the defense with edge defender Trey Hendrickson and cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton — all before upgrading right tackle with Riley Reiff.

Bengals pass on Penei Sewell in new mock draft after free-agent flurry
With NFL free agency’s first week in the books, mock drafts suggesting what the Cincinnati Bengals could do are starting to trickle out. And with Riley Reiff on board to play right tackle, those mocks would seem to have more freedom than ever to go away from Penei Sewell at fifth overall.

Bengals haven’t reached out to free-agent OL Trai Turner yet
For what it’s worth, Turner himself saw the movement Bengals fans started. One would think the two are the perfect match, provided they can agree to terms. But Turner, 28, struggled last season and might have a suppressed market, so it could take longer than expected for him to iron out a deal he likes.

Evaluating the Cincinnati Bengals' Haul in Free Agency, Kyle Pitts' Stock and Veteran Targets
James Rapien and Jake Liscow breakdown the Bengals' moves in free agency, plus Kyle Pitts' draft stock is rising and a look at some top veteran targets. Listen to the Locked on Bengals podcast below and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts.

Around the league

2021 NFL free agency: Worst contracts given out so far
It doesn't feel sporting to throw a wet blanket on anyone's ability to get paid during a pandemic. Still, with the initial wave of free agency in the books, it's worth taking a look at deals that teams might regret. (Click above to check out deals that I think teams will be happy with.)

Frank Reich: Colts planned to draft franchise QB before Carson Wentz 'fell into our laps'
"There's no doubt [GM] Chris [Ballard] and I talked about that, and Mr. [Jim] Irsay, the three of us have talked about that together," Reich said. "That's what you shoot for. So that's the vision. When Andrew retired, we were looking for that long-term vision, what's the next answer? First, was it going to be Jacoby [Brissett]? Jacoby did a nice job, and ultimately as highly as we thought about Jacoby, we didn't feel like that was the long-term answer. And then, obviously, Philip [Rivers] was a great answer, but just the short answer. And then he retired.

Heisman winner DeVonta Smith reveals he weighs 170 pounds, won't participate in Alabama pro day
Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith answered one of the biggest scouting questions surrounding Alabama's pro day, scheduled for Tuesday, without even stepping on the field. Smith revealed his weight Monday -- 170 pounds -- per BamaOnLine.com, and said he will not participate in the pro day other than to let NFL scouts verify that number with a weigh-in.

Ryan Fitzpatrick on Tua in Miami: 'He's going to do great things'
"It's amazing how much criticism and different things have been thrown his way," Fitzpatrick said of Tua, via the Sun-Sentinel. "It's very difficult to play quarterback in the NFL. I think we keep forgetting that fact. The guy was a rookie last year and came in and went 6-3. We have to have a little bit of patience. I think he's going to do great things."