Bengals Ink First-Round Pick WR John Ross and 4th Round Pick LB Carl Lawson

It didn’t take long for the Bengals to ink a couple players they hope will be big stars for the team sooner than later, as the team announced today the signing of 1st round pick WR John Ross and 4th round pick LB Carl Lawson.

“Emotional for my family,” said Ross on the Bengals official site.

“The biggest thing is just to see how happy my family is. That’s really the biggest part. When I see them. I’m the first generation to go to a university and just to see how happy it’s s going to make my mom and my grandmothers.”

A Rundown of All the Cincinnati Bengals 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Bengals 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 9 (No. 9 overall)

John Ross, WR, Washington: What was viewed as an elite draft for defensive talent sees six offensive players off the board in the first nine picks. Go figure. As was the case with Davis at No. 5, Ross’s health issues did not hold him back at all come Round 1. Heading into this draft, the Bengals needed to find help for A.J. Green, who was surrounded on the depth chart before Thursday by names like Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd. Ross is the explosive game-changer that was missing—the question is if he can stay on the field.? GRADE: B+

Round 2, Pick 16 (No. 48, from the Vikings)

Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma: The Bengals have never shied away from players with red flags, so they always shaped up as a possible match for Mixon. That’s also true because of their need at running back. Cincinnati’s current backfield bruiser, Jeremy Hill, has proven ineffective. Even at his best, he never had the upside of Mixon, who might have pushed into the top 10 without that horrible off-field incident while he was at Oklahoma. The talent is not a question, at all. There are a lot of other questions, though. He has been under a microscope from NFL evaluators after he punched a woman in 2014. Can the Bengals trust him?? GRADE: B

Round 3, Pick 9 (No. 73)

Jordan Willis, LB, Kansas State: No knock intended on Willis, who tore up the combine, but his actual tape suggested more of a late-Round 2/early-Round 3 value. It’s a good find for the Bengals where they got him, because they needed someone else capable of pressuring the QB off the edge. GRADE: B+?

Round 4, Pick 9 (No. 116) Carl Lawson, OLB, Auburn

Round 4, Pick 22 (No. 128) Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee

Round 4, Pick 33 (No. 138) Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan

Round 5, Pick 9 (No. 153) Jake Elliott, K, Memphis

Round 5, Pick 33 (No. 176) J.J. Dielman, C, Utah

Round 6, Pick 9 (No. 193) Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma

Round 6, Pick 23 (No. 207) Brandon Wilson, RB, Houston

Round 7, Pick 33 (No. 251) Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo

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 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 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.