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James Harrison to Canton will be a very hard sell

With linebacker James Harrison retiring after 16 NFL seasons, a listener posed this question to the PFT PM podcast on Monday: Is Harrison a Hall of Famer. On the surface, it’s an intriguing question. The 2008 NFL defensive player of the year and the winner of two Super Bowls with the Steelers, Harrison played at [more]

Andy Dalton on Bengals offense: It’s all new

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said recently that he was looking forward to the start of the offseason program so that he could see what kind of changes Bill Lazor plans for his first full season as offensive coordinator. The Bengals began work on Monday and Dalton got the answer he was looking for about the [more]

Lamar Jackson visiting the Bengals

The Bengals traded down in the first round with a team that wants to acquire a quarterback. They may still be able to themselves, or at least may be interested in it. According to Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was in the locker room Monday, a pretty good indication he [more]

A.J. Green wants to get back to feeling like himself in 2018

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green caught 75 passes for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns last year in a season that would represent a strong accomplishment for many NFL wideouts. That’s not how Green is viewing the season, however. Green had a drop in yards per catch and he dropped passes during a disappointing season for [more]

Can NFL teams make hiring and firing decisions based on anthem protests?

Given the recent uptick in news regarding the anthem controversy, it’s time to address some of the fundamental questions relating to the situation. The goal of this article is to take a fairly complicated and polarizing societal question and analyze it, objectively and thoroughly, from the perspective of labor and employment law. (For those wondering [more]

Report: Bengals meeting with Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey

The Cincinnati Bengals acquired left tackle Cordy Glenn from the Buffalo Bills in a trade earlier this offseason. However, that isn’t stopping the Bengals from taking a look at one of the top tackle prospects in the draft. According to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, the Bengals hosted Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with a dinner [more]

Andy Dalton looking forward to seeing Bill Lazor’s offensive changes

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has spent the offseason revamping the Bengals’ playbook. No one knows exactly what the changes entail, not even Andy Dalton. But the quarterback can’t wait to get started. “The sense I’m getting is there is going to be a lot of change and a lot of learning, which is a good [more]

Vontaze Burfict officially suspended four games for PEDs

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is officially suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season. The NFL announced today that Burfict is suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The suspension was reported last month, but at that point Burfict was still hoping he could win an appeal based on a claim [more]

Teams have no legitimate reason to ask players about kneeling

When the national anthem controversy erupted in 2016 and became an even bigger issue for the league in 2017, the NFL made one point very clear publicly: Players have the right to kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the national anthem. Privately (and at times publicly), some of the NFL’s teams have sent a very different [more]

Kneeling issue arises during Bengals’ meeting with Eric Reid

Over the years, the Bengals have looked the other way on a variety of actual and alleged criminal activities when signing, drafting, and/or keeping players. When it comes to one specific type of conduct that is neither illegal nor a violation of any applicable rule or provision of the relationship between the NFL and its [more]

Jets sign LB Kevin Minter, WR Charles Johnson

The Jets made a pair of free agent acquisitions on Monday. The team announced the signings of linebacker Kevin Minter and wide receiver Charles Johnson to their 90-man roster. Minter visited with the Bills earlier in free agency while Johnson visited with the Jets last month. Minter was a 2013 second-round pick of the Cardinals [more]

Eric Reid to visit the Bengals

A month into free agency, Eric Reid is finally drawing some interest. Reid, the safety whose lack of offers has led some to suggest he’s being blackballed for kneeling during the national anthem, will visit the Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 26-year-old Reid has played his entire five-year NFL career with [more]

Mason Rudolph has busy pre-draft schedule

Most conversations about quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft generally cover the first four, and then Lamar Jackson, and then the rest. But Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph could have something to say about that conventional wisdom, based on his travel schedule. Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Rudolph has a busy slate of visits [more]

Dave Shula coaching again, 22 years after the Bengals fired him

In four and a half seasons as head coach of the Bengals, Dave Shula went 19-52 and became known as a failure who managed to get a head-coaching job only because his father is Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history. After he was fired in 1996, Shula never coached again. Until now: Shula [more]

A.J. Green thinks the idea of Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. is “stupid”

There’s been plenty of smoke regarding the availability of Odell Beckham Jr. on the trade market this offseason that the possibility a deal coming together for the star New York Giants wide receiver can’t be completely ruled out. However, one of Beckham’s peers believes that such a decision would be tremendously foolish. “That’s stupid. That’s [more]

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