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Bengals News (3/5): Locked and loaded

It’s tough to imagine the Bengals passing on Penei Sewell in the NFL draft.

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Cincinnati Bengals Targeting Oregon Offensive Tackle Penei Sewell With Fifth Pick - Sports Illustrated Cincinnati Bengals News, Analysis and More
Sewell was “already locked in as the Bengals’ target in round one” according to NFL draft insider Matt Miller.

Eight under-the-radar Bengals who could seize an opportunity in 2021 – The Athletic
Several free agents aren't expected to return and the Bengals are aiming for youth, giving these players a chance to make a real impact.

NFL free agency: Bengals pass-rusher Carl Lawson tabbed as a top-15
The Cincinnati Bengals have a key free agent in Carl Lawson. He's listed as a top-15 free agent outright this year.

Chad Johnson is joking about signing with the Bengals again
Former Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Johnson is back to making jokes about signing with the team.

Around the League

Seahawks release suspended WR Josh Gordon
The Seattle Seahawks released Gordon on Thursday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. With his release, Gordon is now eligible to join Fan Controlled Football, where he will reunite with former Browns teammate Johnny Manziel.

New York Jets GM Joe Douglas open to Sam Darnold offers, downplays idea of trading for a star player
Jets GM Joe Douglas said he will answer the call if teams try to trade for Sam Darnold but downplayed the idea of trading assets for a star player. He also said he hopes to keep safety Marcus Maye long term.

GM George Paton says Denver Broncos want Von Miller back in 2021, pending legal issues, contract
The Broncos want Von Miller back in 2021, general manager George Paton said Thursday, but are waiting on more information on his potential legal issues and are not ruling out discussions on a pay cut.

Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman, a former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion, announces retirement
A one-time Pro Bowler and a one-time Super Bowl champion, Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman announced his retirement Thursday after 10 seasons.

Tom Brady rookie card sells for record $1.32 million
A Tom Brady rookie card sold for a record $1.32 million on Thursday as the card marketplace continues to rise in interest and value.