CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes franchise player RE Michael Johnson will be a "goner" from the Bengals next offseason.
La Canfora reports there "doesn't seem to be much optimism" regarding a long-term deal. That would almost certainly thrust Johnson onto the open market in 2014, as the Bengals are going to have to franchise DT Geno Atkins. Still only 26 and coming off a breakout season, Johnson could position himself for a monster contract with another double-digit sack campaign.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there's already a "chasm" in long-term talks between the Bengals and DT Geno Atkins.
The sides haven't done much negotiating heading into the final year of Atkins' rookie contract, but sound like they're miles apart in the early going. It's not exactly a surprise, as Atkins is one of the top defensive linemen in the league, while the Bengals remain its thriftiest club. Atkins would almost certainly be franchise tagged next offseason absent a new deal.
HBO confirmed Monday that the Bengals will be the featured team on this year's edition of Hard Knocks.
It will be the Bengals' second appearance on the popular training camp reality show after they were featured in 2009. Clubs are famously leery of appearing on the program out of fear it will be a "distraction," but two of the past three featured teams have gone on to make the playoffs, including the 2009-10 Bengals.
The 911 tape from the woman accusing Pacman Jones of assault has been released.
Jones claims he was hit in the head with a beer bottle after declining to take a picture with two women. Shannon Wesley has a different version of the events. "He was harassing my friend and saying derogatory things towards my friend and I stood up for them and he called me a b**** and he punched me in my head," she said on the tape. Pacman has pleaded not guilty.
Bengals CB Pacman Jones pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an assault charge.
The charge stems from a weekend incident in which Pacman says he was hit in the head with a beer bottle. He claims he turned around and slapped the assailant, who turned out to be a woman. The NFL has confirmed that they're aware of the incident and will review it at the appropriate time. If any charges stick, Pacman is looking at a long suspension due to his off-field history.
The Bengals are fining RT Andre Smith for his absence from mandatory minicamp.
Smith is tending to a personal issue, but whatever it is, it's not tugging at coach Marvin Lewis' heartstrings. "You have to be fair. There have to be ramifications," Lewis told FOX Cincinnati. The issue is reportedly unrelated to Smith's January arrest on weapons charges. He can be fined a maximum of $66,150 if he misses all three days of minicamp. Worries about Smith's post-getting paid behavior are already coming true.
Bengals RT Andre Smith did not show up for the team's mandatory minicamp that began Tuesday due to a personal situation.
Smith settled for a three-year, $18 million contract in late April. The absence isn't contract related and he's been in contact with the Bengals. Smith is expected to show up later this week. Coach Marvin Lewis is expected to address exactly why Smith hasn't shown up when he holds his press conference Tuesday afternoon.