by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/23/14) Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who signed a six-year, $40 million contract last offseason, might have to be released "to create the salary cap room necessary to sign a number of other highly considered players on their roster about to hit free agency," reports DraftInsider.net. Dunlap had 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last season.
Defensive end Michael Johnson is one high-profile Bengal about to hit free agency.
Geno Atkins, Leon Hall on track for training camp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/9/14) Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (torn ACL) and cornerback Leon Hall (torn Achilles') have encountered no setbacks in their rehabs and "it sounds like both are on track to work at some point in camp," reports the team's website. But it's early and "that's why fingers are crossed" that neither star begins the season on the PUP list, the report said.
Leon Hall expects to be 100 percent by training camp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/29/14) Bengals No. 1 cornerback Leon Hall, who tore his Achilles' in Week 7, expects to be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp, reports ESPN.com. Even if that's overly optimistic, the website expects Hall to be fully ready for the season opener.
The 29-year-old Hall is signed through 2015.
Bengals must address cornerback spot
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/20/14) Conventional wisdom heading into the offseason is that the Bengals will draft a cornerback with the 24th pick in the first round, according to the team's website. "Leon Hall is coming off his second torn Achilles in three years and Terence Newman and Adam Jones turn 36 and 31, respectively, the first month of the season," the report notes.
Report: Redskins interested in Paul Guenther
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/10/14) Bengals linebacker coach Paul Guenther has received interest from the Redskins as a defensive coordinator candidate, according to ESPN, which has added that his current team might seek to keep him.
Guenther has been credited for the development of undrafted Vontaze Burfict, who blossomed into one of the premier linebackers in the NFL.
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One of the best kept secrets in the NFL is the incredible play of the Bengalsí defense. Last year the team had the delightful combination of good health and talent to tally 52 sacks, 15 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and five touchdowns while holding opponents to a modest average of 21.2 points per game. It's the first time in a while the Cincinnati DST has played well in consecutive years. With the amount of talent they have, there's no reason to believe it won't continue, especially as the Steelers, Ravens and Browns go through varying growing pains offensively. Expect the Bengals DST to be picked in the second-to-last round of drafts this summer. (Updated 4/25/13)