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.

A.J. Green Tells Reporters He Will Play Saturday Against Texans

A.J. Green

The Bengals may be out of the playoffs, but they got some good news today as wide out A.J. Green has told reporters he will return for the teams’ game this week.

The Bengals best wide receiver has been out the last few weeks with a hamstring injury. The Bengals are in action on Christmas Eve Saturday against the Texans in Houston.

Green has 66 catches this season for 964 yards and four touchdowns.

Steelers vs Bengals NFL Week 15 Inactives

A.J. Green

Steelers: WR DeMarcus Ayers, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, QB Zach Mettenberger, OT Brian Mihalik, RB Daryl Richardson, S Shamarko Thomas, RB DeAngelo Williams

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, QB Jeff Driskel, DB Derron Smith, Tyler Ott, Christian Westerman, TE C.J. Uzomah, DL Wallace Gilberry

Bengals Waive Kicker Mike Nugent; Ink Former Texans Kicker Randy Bullock

Mike Nugent

After more issues on Sunday against the Browns, today the Cincinnati Bengals have finally pulled the plug on kicker Mike Nugent, waiving him and signing former Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Nugent has been the Bengals’ placekicker since 2010 but simply cost the team too many times this season, missing an unbelievable six extra points in 29 tries. He was somewhat more reliable on field goals with a 79.3 conversion rate. Nugent may struggle to find another kicking job in the NFL at age 34.

Bullock’s most recent stint was with the Steelers, where he stepped in as a last-minute replacement for the injured Chris Boswell two weeks ago. He has also kicked for bothe the Jets and the Giants. Bullock is a career 81.3 percent field goal kicker.