Bengals WR Green Says He Only Wants To Catch Passes From Dalton

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Quarterback Andy Dalton is entering the final year of his rookie contract and despite taking the Bengals to the playoffs his first three years, he has yet to win a playoff game.

Dalton is hoping for a Jay Cutler deal but there are are questions about whether the Bengals want to pay the price.

Not only is offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is in his corner, but so is star wide receiver A.J. Green who says Dalton is the only one he wants throwing passes to him, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“We came in together and that is the great thing for me and him,” Green said. “I know he’s my guy. I don’t want any other quarterback throwing me the ball. I think he feels the same way about me.”

Green said one reason he wants Dalton as his quarterback is the chemistry they’ve built.

“He feels confident that whether I’m double covered, triple covered, it don’t matter I’m going to come down with the ball,” Green said. “And I feel like we’ve grown over these last three years and I feel like this year is going to be another key year for us.”

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LB Vontaze Burfict May Demand $9 Mil On Open Market – What’s He Worth?

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Many felt when the Bengals brought in LB Vontaze Burfict as an undrafted free agent, it would be sink or swim. While he’s been outstanding in his career to date, the team will have to make a decision on how much he’s worth.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Burfict may demand as much as $9 mil on the open market, an amount that could seriously hurt the team when it comes to a deal for the LB as well as trying to lock up QB Andy Dalton.

Burfict is under contract for $570,000 this season, an amount that is a discount by all standards in today’s NFL.

Last season the 23-year-old put up 115 tackles to go along with a touchdown on a fumble.

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Dalton or McCarron – Who Deserves to be the Bengals QB in 2014?

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The Bengals have been knocked out of the playoffs the last three seasons in their first game, and a lot of the blame this offseason has been on one player in particular – that being QB Andy Dalton.

The Bengals thrower has never won a playoff game, and while coach Marvin Lewis says that it’s ‘baloney’ that the blame should be on him, no matter how anyone looks at it, there’s some blame to be shared by Dalton.

Cincinnati went out and drafted a high-profile QB in the draft, that being AJ McCarron, and may fans are already calling for him to get every chance to be the starter in 2014.

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Previewing The 2014 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule Release

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The Cincinnati Bengals will aim for a fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs and a second straight AFC North division title in 2014. Both objectives will be easier said than done, however, as the Bengals get to work in September without offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who left for the Washington Redskins. Cincy still has Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard rocking on offense, though, so they should be right back in contention with the Ravens and Steelers for the top of the division.

The rest of the Cincinnati Bengals schedule outside of the division is equally challenging, as the Bengals have some tough home games against the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. A likely rebounding Atlanta Falcons team could also pose a threat, while the Titans and Jaguars are easier matchups the Bengals should have little trouble closing out.

On the road, Cincy has some real challenges at hand, as they will travel to Houston, Indianapolis, New England, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. Their dates with the Texans and Buccaneers are games Cincy should win, with the other matchups bordering from difficult to brutal.

All 2014 Bengals Opponents

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For a look at all 32 NFL team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Bengals extend Lewis through 2015

Lewis signed a one-year extension, keeping him from entering a lame-duck season.

Lewis signed a one-year extension, keeping him from entering a lame-duck season.

This offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals has been all about retaining the services of their own and the team added to that trend on Friday.

The team announced that Marvin Lewis had signed a one-year extension through the 2015 season to remain the team’s head coach.

Already the most tenured coach in Bengals history, Lewis enters his 12th season at the helm with a 90-85-1 regular season record . In that span, the Bengals have had just two losing seasons. This came after a stretch of 11 sub-500 seasons and one 8-8 campaign in the 12 years prior to Lewis’ arrival. The three division titles under Lewis add to the team’s eight in its 45-year history.

“Marvin has earned this commitment for the job he is doing,” Bengals President Mike Brown said. “We are one of only five teams to qualify for the playoffs the last three years, and our prospects are bright looking ahead. Marvin is driven to achieve more and we are happy to secure his leadership of our team beyond the coming season.”

One would think that, if Brown’s words were true, Lewis would have earned more than a one-year add-on to his contract.This is, by my count, the third contract Lewis has signed with the team since 2010.

For all his successes, however, the 2009 NFL coach of the Year still comes under fire for his 0-5 mark in the playoffs, including three losses at home. Excellent at building a roster and pretty good at preparing them for Sundays, most of the criticism centers around Lewis’ game management ability.

Lewis, however, deserves credit for his overhaul of the team, turning it from laughingstock into one of the AFC’s most feared units. He’s also been able to wrestle a little power from team Brown and put his stamp on the franchise.

For his part, Lewis has been an excellent coach for this franchise but this year is big for him. The concern is that he’s brought this team as far as he can and that a new voice will be needed to carry it forward and chase a Super Bowl. With his quarterback and a number of other young players hitting their primes, the time is now for the Bengals to try and make a run at that elusive first Super Bowl title.

Is Lewis the man to take them to the promised land? The team will just have to keep choppin’ wood and doing the little things right and we’ll find out.

Bengals release James Harrison

James Harrison's Bengals career has come to an end after one uneventful season.

James Harrison’s Bengals career has come to an end after one uneventful season.

The Cincinnati Bengals, on Tuesday, released outside linebacker James Harrison after just one year with the team.

Harrison’s most significant contribution in his season in Cincinnati was his performance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

The 35-year-old linebacker played in 15 games, recording 30 tackles and two sacks while interception one pass. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Harrison spent 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers racking up 64 sacks.

With the release, the Bengals now must find a replacement at strong-side linebacker. I suggest Rey Maualuaga with Burfict moving into the middle and Sean Porter (or anyone the team acquires) getting a run on the weak side.

It’s official: Bucs’ bucks lure Collins

Anthony Collins bolted for Tampa and a five-year deal.

Anthony Collins bolted for Tampa and a five-year deal.

Now both of the Bengals’ “elite” unrestricted free agents are gone, and both are headed to Tampa Bay.

Two days after defensive end Michael Johnson signed a mega-deal with the Buccaneers, left tackle Anthony Collins bolted for the Sunshine State. The team announced the deal this morning on its website.

Adam Schefter reports that the five year deal is worth $30 million with $15 million guaranteed.

Surprisingly, the Bengals were in the chase for the talented lineman up to the very end. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the team had a very competitive offer on the table, as did the Carolina Panthers.

It’s interesting to think that, if the money was comparable, Collins selected the 4-12 Bucs over the 11-5, AFC North champion Bengals. Perhaps his time in Cincinnati, which dates back to 2008, when he was a fourth-round selection, had come to a close after six seasons and 25 starts all across the offensive line.

In the end, Collins selected Tampa Bay, leaving the Bengals with a hole to fill on the left side of its offensive line. The smart money would be on Andrew Whitworth returning to left tackle and the team looking for a new guard either in free agency or the draft.

I’d still rather see Whitworth at guard — better an elite guard than an above average left tackle. Aditionally, having Whitworth on his left hip would be a great help to Mike Pollack or whoever takes over as the Bengals’ center in 2014.