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The Bengals’ fifth overall pick could become very valuable with the way the draft is looking to play out.

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NFL announces approved 17-game NFL schedule, Bengals to host 49ers in added game
"We have another exciting New Stripes update to share," said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. "With the NFL moving to a 17-game regular season, this year the Bengals will host nine regular season home games at Paul Brown Stadium instead of what has historically been eight regular season home games. That makes for more excitement and even better value with a 2021 Season Ticket package. We are investing in our fans to create the ultimate gameday experience with new uniforms, new benefits and new energy in The Jungle. Don't miss a moment of our New Stripes season."

Quinton Spain Re-Signs With The Bengals
Spain, a seventh-year player out of West Virginia University, originally was a college free agent signee of the Tennessee Titans in 2015. He spent 2015-18 with Tennessee, and then joined Buffalo for '19 and the first six weeks of the '20 season. He then signed with Cincinnati as a free agent on Oct. 30 and went on to play in each of the Bengals' final nine games, making eight starts at three different positions (RG, LG and ROT). For his career, he has played in a combined 79 games with 74 starts for the Titans, Bills and Bengals.

Another NFL Draft Big Board Has Sizable Gap Between Ja'Marr Chase and Penei Sewell
The debate about Penei Sewell and Ja'Marr Chase continues. There are plenty of Bengals fans that think the Oregon tackle should be the fifth pick, while others believe reuniting Joe Burrow with his top wide receiver is the way to go.

Cincinnati Bengals Director of Pro Scouting Steven Radicevic Talks Free Agency and the Draft
CINCINNATI — James Rapien and Jake Liscow react to the breaking news about Mike Daniels returning to Cincinnati, plus Bengals Director of Pro Scouting Steven Radicevic joins the show to discuss their free agent signings and the 2021 NFL Draft.

Do Bengals have sights on a Kellen Mond in 2021 draft?
With Brandon Allen back in the fold and Ryan Finley traded, the Cincinnati Bengals could be looking at finding a late-round prospect to develop behind Joe Burrow and his backup in 2021.

Broncos need to call Bengals with a trade for No. 5
New general manager George Paton must decide on Lock’s fate in the coming days. Lock went 4-1 as in 2019 but the magic has worn off, as he tossed a league-leading 15 interceptions last season. Even if the team has trust in Lock, Paton heading to BYU’s and North Dakota State’s Pro Day’s indicate that the Broncos are exploring their options.

Around the league

Cynthia Frelund 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Analytics-based picks to maximize wins
We knew we were in for an active start to NFL free agency, but it has been even more exciting than I anticipated -- and it likely isn't done surprising us yet. Add in some interesting pro days, and the picture of how the events of this spring will shape the 2021 regular season is starting to come into focus.

NFL owners approve enhanced schedule with 17 regular-season games per team
"This is a monumental moment in NFL history," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. And one of the benefits of each team playing 17 regular-season games is the ability for us to continue to grow our game around the world."

What you need to know about enhanced NFL schedule featuring 17 regular-season games per team
NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve an enhanced schedule which will feature 17 regular-season games per team -- a one-game expansion from the previous 16-game schedule. Here is what you need to know about the new schedule, along with a 2021 team-by-team opponent guide and breakdowns from NFL.com analysts.