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Bengals News (3/15): Options at tight end

With C.J. Uzomah headed to New York, the Bengals are left with a major need at tight end.

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Reports: Bengals Retain Playoff Hero B.J. Hill: 'We're Going To Have Even More Fun This Year'
"He can't wait to get back to Cincinnati," said Hill, the Bengals defensive tackle who is headed here Tuesday himself to sign the contract and start looking for a house. "He knows all the words to the touchdown song. All the touchdown songs.

O-Line Gurus Praise Bengals' Reported Additions As Free Agency Opens
"Both of them come from winning organizations, they've both been well coached and they're both in the prime of their careers. They're in the sweet spot," Lapham says. "Be sturdy and strong in there, not get the middle of the pocket pushed back in the quarterback's face … I think that's the way they've played to this point."

Reports: Bengals Eat Some Glass In Agreements With Two Proven O-Line Vets
Multiple outlets reported a four-year, $40 million deal, for Cappa which began the renovation of the Bengals offensive line with what looks to their Opening Day right guard. About 90 minutes later word surfaced they agreed to terms with another vet who could start at either left guard or center. Karras, who turns 29 Tuesday, has done both the last two seasons for the Patriots and Dolphins. Both had Pro Football Focus grades at guard last season worthy of the top 25.

Reports: Bengals Complete B.J. Hill Trade With Long-Term Deal
The Bengals were hopeful they could re-sign both of their top-of-the line three techniques that combined for 12.5 crucial interior sacks. When Ogunjobi, the starter, left for a $40 million deal, that became moot. Hill became the starter with a reported three-year deal, $30 million agreement that pays him half of that in the first year and fits him into a towering pay scale on the defensive line where the other three starters count about $35 million against the $208 million salary cap.

Film Breakdown: Ted Karras Raises Ceiling of Cincinnati Bengals' Offensive Line
Ted Karras agreed to a three-year deal with the Bengals on Monday. He was most recently the Patriots left guard for a majority of the 2021 season, but has experience at all three interior offensive line spots.

Bengals possible target La’el Collins could slip to free agency soon
It was recently reported that the Bengals were interested in Collins, along with the Jaguars, Broncos and Dolphins. He’d be a big upgrade at right tackle and fill a third need after the signings of Ted Karras and Alex Cappa upgraded two interior spots.

As Cincinnati Bengals enter free agency, Joe Burrow's voice becomes more influential - Cincinnati Bengals Blog- ESPN
That moniker now carries a double meaning for Burrow as the Bengals approach free agency. The third-year player fresh off a Super Bowl appearance isn’t just someone who the team is building around. When it’s time to evaluate incoming players, Burrow’s voice carries a significant amount of weight.

AP sources: Bengals agree to deals with Cappa, Karras
People with knowledge of the deals confirmed to The Associated Press that the Bengals reached agreements with Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa and offensive lineman Ted Karras, formerly of the New England Patriots.

Cincinnati Bengals legend Dave Lapham Weighs in on Potential La'el Collins Trade
"I would think the Bengals have probably been in dialogue [with the Cowboys]. I don't know if the dialogue is continuing. I'm sure the waters have been tested though," Lapham said. "He's (Collins) really hurt his market value with all of that [injuries and suspensions] because he can play, there's no question about that. He's a very solid offensive tackle, but I wouldn't overpay him and I wouldn't give up too much to get him."

Analyzing Cincinnati Bengals' Options at Tight End With C.J. Uzomah Headed to New York Jets
C.J. Uzomah agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with the New York Jets on Monday. The 29-year-old emerged as a leader for the Bengals in 2021 and set career-highs in receptions (49), receiving yards (493) and touchdowns (5).

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2022 NFL free agency tracker: Latest signings, trades, contract info for all 32 teams
Below is a rundown of the notable moves, trades and signings made by each team during the 2022 NFL free agency period. This list is not intended to be complete -- it's a spotlight of the most prominent additions and new contracts. Navigate to your team by clicking the divisions below:

Browns to meet with Texans QB Deshaun Watson on Tuesday
On Friday, a Harris County (Texas) grand jury did not find enough evidence to charge Watson with a crime following allegations of sexual misconduct stemming from massage therapy sessions. Watson, 26, also faces 22 civil lawsuits, but Friday's news opened the door to trade discussions for Watson, who remains under NFL investigation and is subject to potential discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy.

Aaron Rodgers officially signs contract extension; Packers QB to earn $150.8M over next three years
After a week of back-and-forth with the Packers on the exact structure, Rodgers will make an average of $50 million per year over the first three years of the contract. Rapoport added that the deal includes two placeholders on the back end for cap purposes that could be redone at that point.

Patriots trading OLB Chase Winovich to Browns for LB Mack Wilson
Winovich, entering his fourth season in the NFL after being drafted 77th overall in 2019, played in 13 games last season, but saw his play time decrease from 2020, when he started nine games for the Patriots. Over his three years, the former Michigan product has 11 sacks, though none of them came last year.

2022 NFL free agency: Biggest takeaways from Monday's moves
1) No free-agent signing matters as much as nine-time conference champion Tom Brady changing his mind after a difficult 40 days of retirement. Not only does Brady's return maintain the Bucs' status as a contender in the NFC, it is already helping them keep their roster together. Center Ryan Jensen re-signed on a three-year, $39 million contract, which might be less than he would have received on the open market.