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Bengals News (1/11): Zac Taylor eager to start building for 2024

The 2024 season will be another big opportunity for Cincinnati.

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Way Too Early: Game-by-Game Matchups For Bengals 2024 Schedule
BRONCOS: One of five teams the Bengals play at home who go into the offseason or playoffs with an uncertain quarterback situation (and seven overall if you count Pittsburgh but not the Browns.) Sean Payton, the old Miami University offensive coordinator, makes his first Paycor appearance with the Broncos. At last check, he won't have Drew Brees with him. In his two previous appearances here as head coach of the Saints, Payton won both with Brees completing 85% of 54 passes. But this time Payton has to play Burrow, the NFL all-time completion percentage leader at 68%, ahead of the No. 2 Brees at 67.7.

Bengals' Ja'Marr Chase Shades Chiefs When Asked to Reveal Super Bowl 58 Pick
In the rematch one year later, Kansas City got revenge with a 23-20 win on Harrison Butker's 45-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. There were several controversial moments with the officials during the game, including one that effectively amounted to a do-over for the Chiefs because of a clock error after the Cincinnati defense got a stop on 3rd-and-9.

Bengals find a Jonah Williams replacement in new 2024 NFL mock draft
Right after the season ends, it’s almost impossible to nail down what the Cincinnati Bengals will do in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft.

The Freezer Bowl: Looking back at Bengals’ historic win 42 years ago
Forty-two years ago, one of the most iconic games in Cincinnati sports and NFL history had fans and players at Riverfront Stadium in a severe chill. The Freezer Bowl: a rightful name for the coldest game in NFL history. It was Jan. 10, 1982. The Cincinnati Bengals hosted the San Diego Chargers with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. That day in Cincinnati went beyond a cold January day.

REPORT: Bengals Likely To Use Franchise Tag On Tee Higgins
There are a few ways to interpret this report. On the one hand, Tee Higgins is a talented player at a premium position, and if money weren’t a factor, every team in the league would love to have someone like him as their second-best receiver. For what it’s worth, quarterback Joe Burrow believes Higgins will be back, but he doesn’t make front office decisions. The Bengals currently have the sixth-most cap space in the NFL, so they could afford to bring Higgins back for another season. The franchise tag number for wide receivers is projected to be $21.66 million, which would still leave Cincinnati with roughly $49 million in available cap space.

Bengals' Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins discuss 2023 campaign, an important offseason ahead for both WRs and more
The Cincinnati Bengals missed the playoffs for the first time in three years this past season, but still finished with a winning record at 9-8. Star quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury in November that put the entire campaign in jeopardy, but backup quarterback Jake Browning came in and went 4-3 as the starter. The Washington product won three games in a row, with two of those victories coming in overtime. However, Cincy couldn't rebound to make the postseason.

Why Joe Mixon's Future With Cincinnati Bengals Will Be Decided Much Earlier This Offseason
That means Duke Tobin, Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn and the Bengals will have to make a decision about Mixon's future ahead of March 16. If he's on the roster, not only will he get the bonus, but he'll be on the team in 2024.

Bengals’ Taylor eager to start building toward next season
Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor spent time early this week meeting with individual players to officially put a bow on the 2023 season, but after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2020, he plans to use the extra time to get a head start on the offseason roster build.