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Cedric Benson, Adam Jones Among Eight Players Sold Out by NFLPA
September 25th, 2011 at 6:00 AM
When Bengals 101 and other outlets reported earlier this week that the NFL had handed down a three game suspension for Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson, Benson's response was that he had not been notified. Now, thanks to a report today from Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, we know why...

NFL Players Whining About Roger Goodell: Get a Job!
July 26th, 2011 at 2:37 PM
***PHOTO1*** Perhaps emboldened by the lockout, there has been a small, but loud chorus of players who have publicly questioned the authority of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The loudest of these outbursts have come from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and frequent recipient of Goodell's discipline, James Harrison, who called Goodell a "devil"...

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
July 25th, 2011 at 6:04 PM
***PHOTO1*** Everybody celebrate! The 131 day NFL lockout is history! It's time to get on with the business of football. That means a flurry of activity will commence tomorrow in Cincinnati and every other NFL city. Beginning tomorrow, the Bengals and other clubs can begin signing draft picks, undrafted free agents,...

NFLPA to Meet Monday; Pads Popping by Saturday
July 24th, 2011 at 4:27 PM
***PHOTO1*** I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the sounds of popping pads and grunts and groans of the scrimmage battles. Multiple sources are reporting that NFLPA executives and player reps will meet tomorrow to ratify the agreement ratified by the owners on Friday. As reported here, the NFL...

NFL Owners Back NFLPA into a Corner
July 22nd, 2011 at 9:20 AM
 ***PHOTO1***  Last night's surprising developments revealed one very obvious reality: NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is no Gene Upshaw. In what is surely a calculated gambit, the NFL owners approved a new collective bargaining agreement and announced their decision contingent upon the players ratifying the agreement. If this were tennis, Roger Goodell just acted...

NFL Network: Players Preparing for Conference Call
July 21st, 2011 at 1:41 PM
***PHOTO1*** Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network is reporting that preparations are underway for a conference call between the NFLPA and players scheduled for this evening. This would appear to be a precursor to a vote on an agreement which would end the NFL lockout. NFL owners are meeting today in Atlanta...

Cincinnati Bengals Must Spend $60 Million Under New NFL CBA
July 20th, 2011 at 1:14 PM
 ***PHOTO1***   Bengals 101 eagerly awaits word from federal authorities as to when NFL owners will be charged with either the kidnapping or extortion of Bengals owner Mike Brown. How else to explain one of the more interesting aspects of the new collective bargaining agreement expected to be ratified today and announced...

NFL Lockout Nears End: What Will The Bengals Do with Free Agents?
July 15th, 2011 at 1:32 PM
 ***PHOTO1*** Multiple news outlets are reporting an agreement in principle between NFL owners and the NFLPA on economic issues with a few ancillary issues remaining to be sorted out. Plans are to announce the end of the lockout officially on July 21 at the league meetings in Atlanta. If events hold to...

NFL Hall of Fame Game Likely Lost to Lockout
July 13th, 2011 at 10:59 AM
***PHOTO1*** There most likely won't be any greetings like this one between newly inducted Hall of Famers and players. Although both owners and players are optimistic a deal will soon be reached to end the NFL lockout, it likely won't occur in time to allow the Chicago Bears and St. Louis...

The Bengals Cornerback Situation Just Got Hazy
July 11th, 2011 at 5:31 PM
***PHOTO1*** It's July in the Queen City, time for that blanket of haze to descend over the Riverfront as emissions and summer heat get trapped by the Ohio River and the seven hills that surround the city. Cincinnati's summertime visibility problems are nothing, however, compared to the fog that just settled...

Time Running Short for Labor Resolution
July 5th, 2011 at 9:03 PM
***PHOTO1*** ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported this morning that the NFL and the NFLPA have one week from today before the ongoing lockout starts to affect the preseason schedule. The St.Louis Rams and Chicago Bears are slated to kickoff the 2011 pre-season on August 7 in Canton, Ohio. As such, both teams are...

Bengals Have Questions That Need Answers
July 1st, 2011 at 12:19 PM
July 4th weekend normally marks the beginning of "anticipation season" for the NFL. With the lockout still in place, however, our anticipation for the opening of training camp and the beginning of the season is in limbo pending a resolution. With no player negotiations or formal workouts permitted, the usual...

NFL Training Camp Sites Rooting for Resolution
June 14th, 2011 at 3:06 PM
While NFL owners and players meet the next week in Chicago to try to bring an end to the now four-month long workout, the clock is ticking on reaching an agreement in time to hold training camps, which usually begin at the end of July. With the media focused on...

If I were King of Sports: NFL
June 8th, 2011 at 2:57 PM
Here’s where being “king” of sports would come in handy. In the NFL’s case, what’s needed to improve the product is for the powers that be to stay the heck out of the way! So as imperial magistrate of all of sportsdom, I hereby issue the following decree to NFL...

Is The Solidarity of The NFLPA Fading?
April 20th, 2011 at 3:08 PM
According to a report today from the New York Post a group of some 70 mid-level NFL players is considering hiring separate representation for the current stalemate between NFL players and owners. The report states that some players are not pleased with the current representation from the NFLPA, especially the...