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Bengals News (6/23): Quiet into camp

The Bengals don’t appear to be set to add any free agents heading into training camp despite plenty of cap space left to use this season.

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Five Potential Bengals Who Could First Time Pro Bowlers On Defense
This offseason in free agency the Bengals made a number of moves signing defensive end Trey Henrdickson, cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton and Eli Apple and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. Cincinnati also added depth in the draft with defensive linemen Joseph Ossai, Cam Sample and Tyler Shelvin.

Cincinnati Bengals quiet in free agency with training camp looming
But sitting on $20 million in free cap space, one could reasonably expect the team to keep sniffing around free agents like Turner. Offensive line help, rotational boosts to the pass-rush and general depth additions would make some sense.

Cincinnati Bengals Legend Chad Johnson Makes Surprising Admission
Johnson's known for his outgoing personality and trash talk. He told any and everyone that would listen to him during his 11-year NFL career that he was "always open."

Bengals’ receiving corps is close to top 10 heading into 2021
“Like many teams around the league, the receiving corps is strong, but tight end has few legitimate receiving threats. Last season, Bengals tight ends posted a receiving grade of just 51.1, good for 29th in the league. Drew Sample and C.J. Uzomah return with Sample leading the way with 40 catches for just 349 yards (8.7 yards per reception) a year ago.”

Bengals shouldn't have replaced Carl Lawson with Trey Hendrickson
After finishing the season last in sacks, the Cincinnati Bengals allowed their sack leader, Carl Lawson, to walk in free agency. The Bengals made sure to bring in another pass-rusher and inked Trey Hendrickson to a massive contract. Hendrickson had 13.5 sacks with the Saints last year but the storyline surrounding him is that he could be a one-season wonder.

Bengals: What fans can expect from Joseph Ossai in 2021
Ossai is a mirrored image of Carl Lawson, who the Bengals just lost to the New York Jets in free agency. Cincinnati, more than likely will utilize Ossai just like they did with Lawson, a pure pass rusher. Expect to see Ossai sub in for Hendrickson or Hubbard for a boost in the pass rush during certain downs.

Around the league

2021 All-Under-25 Team: Lamar Jackson leads NFL's rising stars
It became clear during this exercise that a good portion of the NFL's top young talent is made up of 25-year-olds. So, we don't have Patrick Mahomes, who turned 25 in September, available to us. Of those who did qualify, Jackson was the clear choice. He's the only player in NFL history to post 7,000-plus passing yards and 2,500-plus rushing yards in his first three seasons. It's tough to argue with the candidacy of this former MVP.

Falcons coach Arthur Smith considers Julio Jones trade a 'win-win'
"We knew the issue with the cap, and then obviously the cap went down this year, coming off the bizarre year with the pandemic, the cap actually shrunk. So we knew there were going to be some big decisions we would have to make coming up. The way everything worked out, we feel pretty good," Smith said, via Pro Football Talk. "We feel like it was a win-win. With the salary cap, and Julio going to Tennessee and us right now being able to solve our short-term issue with the cap."

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith 'absolutely will not play for another team'
Smith forwent a chance at free agency to re-sign with the Ravens way back in December. At this stage of his career, considering a location change isn't in the cards for the soon-to-be 33-year-old. While other veterans might bounce around to close out their careers -- heck, even Tom Brady changed teams at 43 -- Smith has zero desire to plant new roots outside Baltimore.

Jets LB C.J. Mosley: Return after nearly two years has 'been a breath of fresh air'
"It's been a breath of fresh air, that's the best way to put it," Mosley told The Official Jets Podcast recently. "I'm happy to be back in the building with my teammates, to be around the locker room and the new energy. What we're doing now is building a great foundation, setting this team on course to stack up wins and get to where we want to go."