Vontaze Burfict posts heartfelt message to Bengals fans
Now a member of the Oakland Raiders, the normally-quiet Burfict hasn’t been so about his departure. He took to Instagram to post a heartfelt message to Bengals fans on his way out the door.
Raiders to meet with ex-Bengals safety George Iloka
The Bengals cut Iloka last summer after six years, including the previous five as a stellar starter. After landing in Minnesota with Mike Zimmer on a one-year deal, Iloka played sparingly, totaling just 110 defensive snaps, per Next Gen Stats.
When Jake Fisher was drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals, the team was hoping that he would develop into a quality starting tackle for the squad. Paired with first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi, the Bengals anticipated that they had their offensive tackle situation figured out for years to come.
Bengals’ Zac Taylor attended Ohio State’s pro day
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has been a busy man between the start of free agency and the peppering of pro days around the country.
Cincinnati Bengals star wideout A.J. Green is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season.
In theory, the Bengals will work with Green and get an extension done this offseason. He’s said he will let the deal run its course and he wants to stay with the team.
But the realities of the situation are more complex. This is especially evident in light of Melissa Whitworth recently writing about the harsh negotiations between her husband, Andrew, and the Bengals front office before the offensive tackle left for the Los Angeles Rams.
At one point, it was easy to see Whitworth staying with the Bengals for the duration of his career. But a variety of factors got in the way. And some of these same factors could play a role in talks with Green.
Green is, after all, going to be 31 years old in July. The age of 30 isn’t some terrible number many often make it out to be, but it typically marks a downswing in players’ careers.
Coinciding with this is the fact Green has had two of his last three seasons derailed by injury. He’s missed 13 games over the past three years, just squeezing past the 1,000-yard mark with eight touchdowns in the outlier, his 16-game showing in 2017. Since his big-money extension in September 2015, Green has recorded two 1,000-yard seasons.