Bengals Willing to Part with Backup QB A.J. McCarron; But the Price is High

There could be a new quarterback on the market as the draft is now just two days away, that being Bengals QB A.J. McCarron.

Reports say that the backup to Andy Dalton is indeed available, but the Bengals want a lot to give him up, ‘!t least” a first round pick for him.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com broke the story about the Bengals having McCarron available, but it’s going to be interesting to see if there’s any teams out there that would pay such a price.

McCarron will carry a cap number of $735,000 in 2017, not bad and basically cheap for one of the top backup QB’s in football.

A Look at the 2017 Bengals Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM

Sep. 14 Houston Texans (Thu) 8:25 PM

Sep. 24 at Green Bay Packers 4:25 PM

Oct. 1 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM

Oct. 8 Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Oct. 15 BYE

Oct. 22 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM

Oct. 29 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM

Nov. 5 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Nov. 12 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM

Nov. 26 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM

Dec. 4 Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:30 PM

Dec. 10 Chicago Bears 1:00 PM

Dec. 17 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM

Dec. 24 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM

Dec. 31 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: Following three road games that we will chat about in a moment, the Bengals get three home games, with two of them against rivals in the Browns and Steelers, with the game against the Steelers being a Monday night prime time showdown. The home three-game set ends with another bad team in the Bears.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Before that three-game home stretch they play on the road for three, as the month of November won’t be easy, going up against the Jags, Titans and Broncos. You’d have to think the Bengals have to find a way to win two of these to keep their name in the playoff mix in the AFC.

Bengals CB Adam Jones Gets Into Verbal Altercation with Reporter

In his first interview with reporters in the locker room, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones ended up in a verbal altercation with Fox 19’s Joe Danneman over a question asked to him about the fans, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Jones asked not to talk about his case which is still pending with the city of Cincinnati. The first question in regards at all to the case asked how important it was to him to still be with this team and have the team stand behind him.

The corner answered without any issue.

“Words can’t express my gratitude and feelings for this organization, Mr. Brown, coach Lewis, my teammates, the city of Cincinnati,” Jones said. “This is home for me. I am very eager to be here. I don’t take it for granted. I love playing football. I love helping the guys out and working together. I’m more than happy.”

After three questions off topic, Danneman came back with this question which set Jones off.

“I know you said you were thankful for the organization, is there anything you have to show to fans, have to prove to the fans for them to welcome you back since there were a lot of people upset with the way things went down in the offseason for you?”

At that point, five minutes into his first interview of the season, Jones kicked Danneman out of the interview huddle and told him that would be his last interview of the year.

“Didn’t I just tell you don’t ask me that?” Jones said. “You out the (interview), turn around, go back, go back that way, see you. Next question.”

As all the reporters began to disperse the yelling from Jones grew louder and more combative. Jones walked past the reporter twice after that and continued to yell and curse at him.

This continues the tumultuous offseason for Jones. Upon announcing the dismissal of felony charges last month, Deters said his office received a letter from Jones’ physician that said: “Jones is doing well in treatment.” Jones has been in counseling and an anger management program, according to his attorneys.

Jones, 33, still faces three misdemeanor charges connected to a Jan. 2 incident at the Downtown Millennium Hotel that preceded the alleged incident at the jail. City prosecutors are handling the misdemeanor charges.

Florida State Running Back Dalvin Cook Chatting with the Bengals

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is currently in Cincinnati for a visit with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Cook is considered a potential first round pick. The Bengals have shown a lot of interest in running backs through the draft process, including Leonard Fournette and Joe Mixon. Mixon already visited with Cincinnati earlier in the spring.

Bengals Lose Long Time NT Domata Peko to the Broncos

Today the Bengals lost one of their leaders on defense, as the Denver Broncos lured long time nose tackle Domata Peko away with a two-year deal. Here’s the story from the Broncos official site.

After signing two offensive linemen in the first two days of free agency, the Broncos beefed up the other side of their line Monday, agreeing to terms with nose tackle Domata Peko on a two-year deal.

Peko, cousin of 2016 Broncos practice squad member Kyle Peko, comes to Denver after 11 seasons with the Bengals. The elder Peko has been a reliable defensive lineman, playing in all 16 games in 10 of those seasons. In Cincinnati, Peko recorded 516 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

Cincinnati selected Peko with the 123rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft after he broke through as a starter at Michigan State in his senior season. That year, Peko recorded 53 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a blocked PAT.

Bengals Ink CB Dre Kirkpatrick to Five-Year Deal

The Bengals have re-signed starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

The deal to bring Kirkpatrick back is a five-year deal worth close to $52.5 million, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The No. 17 pick in the 2012 draft, Kirkpatrick has come into his own since assuming a starting role in 2015.

The 27-year-old tied his career high in interceptions with three and broke up 10 passes last year.

Kirkpatrick played 2016 under a fifth-year option exercised by the Bengals, which paid him slightly more than $7.5 million.

Bengals Not Sure About the Future For CB Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones

The specter of cornerback Adam Jones’ Jan. 3 arrest remains as the Bengals move forward in shaping its 2017 roster, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals have refrained from making any official comments on the incident other than formal apology to fans on Jan. 23 after the Cincinnati Police Department released video of Jones being transported to the Justice Center, but The Enquirer has learned through team sources that the club has not yet refined its position on Jones’ status on the team for 2017.

And, the club likely won’t make any determination on his status until its review of all of the information surrounding the case is concluded.

Jones is facing a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance (spitting) and misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing police.

The Enquirer reported on Jan. 23 that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has put the case on hold until the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goodell makes a decision regarding potential discipline for the arrest.

An NFL spokesman said the league does not comment on specifics of ongoing investigations.

Last March, the Bengals re-signed Jones to a three-year, $24 million contract, rewarding him for a Pro Bowl season with the expectation that he could continue to play a high level into his mid-30s.

If Jones is indeed suspended by the league, he would be able to appeal any suspension through the NFL Players Association. The league typically does not allow suspended players around the team, and players are not paid. But, Jones would not count against the Bengals’ 53-man roster if he remained on the team.

With no determination of Jones’ status yet made, one option for the club could be cutting the 33-year-old corner.

If the Bengals made that move by June 1, the club would save about $6.8 million against the 2017 salary cap while taking on about $1.3 million in dead money. After June 1, that number would rise to $7.5 million while lessening the dead money the club owes to about $666,666.

Bengals CB Adam “Pacman” Jones Arrested Early Tuesday, Hit with Assault, Disorderly Conduct

Adam Jones

The offseason is just hours old, but for one current Bengal player, it’s already off to a terrible start.

Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was booked into an Ohio county jail around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on several charges including assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.

The 33-year-old, who has had a number of run-ins in the past with the law, has been charged with assault for “pushing and poking (a man) in the eye,” according to court documents.

The documents also say Jones refused to enter the police cruiser by pulling away, kicking and head-butting an officer as he was being arrested.

While Jones was being processed into the Hamilton County Justice Center, documents say he spat on a nurse’s hand, resulting in the final count of harassment with a bodily substance.

The news does not sit well for the future of Jones, who served a year’s suspension from the NFL already earlier in his career.