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Bengals News (3/30): Chasing after a reunion

There is a belief that the Bengals could reunite Joe Burrow with one of his favorite targets from LSU.

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Safety Ricardo Allen brings leadership and versatility to the Bengals secondary
It will be recalled that Crocker, a former Falcons safety, arrived in an emerging Bengals defense all those years ago at the behest of a defensive coordinator named Mike Zimmer whom respected his game from their time together and ended up watching him revive his career while providing leadership for his teammates in a secondary he could line up anywhere.

Cincinnati Bengals' NFL free-agent signings 2021: Joe Burrow gets veteran protection
NFL free agency is off and running, and we're keeping track of every major signing, trade and release of the 2021 offseason, with analysis from our NFL Nation reporters and grades from our experts. The new league year began March 17, meaning free-agent signings could be made official after that. The first round of the 2021 NFL draft begins April 29 on ESPN.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Burrow is the big winner as Bengals build around their star QB in seven-round mock
If the top four teams in the draft all take a quarterback, which is looking more and more like it's going to happen, that means the Bengals will have the option to take the best non-quarterback in the draft when they go on the clock with the fifth overall pick and there will be plenty of options to choose from.

Do other teams think Bengals will draft LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase for Joe Burrow?
It’s an idea that has started to gain ground in the wake of the Bengals shoring up the offensive line in free agency with Riley Reiff, seemingly opening up their options at fifth overall.

A Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase reunion? Bengals pairing of LSU stars appears likely; here's why
A pair of LSU Tigers could soon be starring on Sunday with the Bengals, but it's a different animal that may have teased Ja'Marr Chase's landing spot in the upcoming NFL draft.

Former Bengals S Shawn Williams agrees to sign with Cardinals
Former Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams has agreed to join the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year deal, the team announced Monday. Williams, 29, played under current Arizona defensive coordinator Vance Joseph in 2014-15, when Joseph led defensive backs for Cincinnati.

Bengals could get comp draft pick for loss of Carl Lawson
According to comp-pick expert Nick Korte of Over the Cap, the fourth-round compensatory pick the Bengals are slated to get right now due to the loss of Lawson becomes a third-round pick if he plays a bigger role in New York.

Around the league

Lance Zierlein 2021 NFL mock draft 3.0: Eagles land Jaylen Waddle after trading down
Friday's blockbuster trades altered the outlook for this year's NFL draft, and those to come in the future. How will the moving and shaking impact Round 1, which begins a month from today? Below is my third mock draft of the first round.

Saints QB Jameis Winston ready for a rebrand: 'Game manager is not a bad' label
"I never wanted to be deemed a game manager," Winston admitted to NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter in an upcoming episode of the Huddle & Flow podcast. "… But really, that game manager is not a bad piece. That's something that I think just comes with being a professional quarterback. Being able to not just only do the things that you can do, but being able to do the things that you should not do -- like what not to do versus what can I do."

Alabama RB Najee Harris to participate in position drills, run routes at pro day
The Alabama running back will work out for scouts at the university's second pro day on Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the plan. Harris won't run the 40-yard-dash, however, as he's been training through an ankle injury suffered late in the season that hasn't been afforded time to heal, per Rapoport. A Senior Bowl participant, Harris will work out with teammates today, running routes and doing drills, before taking time to let the injury heal.

David Johnson: 'Competition' with Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay will make Texans better in 2021
"Honestly, I think it will be great," he said Monday, via the team's official transcript. "I think it will be great for us because it will help us all stay healthy and play in this long season, now hearing that they're going to add another game to the season. I think it will be great for us, like you said, having veteran guys. That way we can all play together and it won't be a lot of learning to be a professional athlete. Guys are really respected in the league, guys are responsible, real good pros in the league. I think it will help out a lot with this team, with the team morale, and getting everyone going, especially with this run game. It was a tough running game last year and hopefully we can all, all three of us, can contribute and get this thing going."