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Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium | Coach: Marvin Lewis
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th113.0 (17th)326.0 (4th)
Defense7th196.0 (31st)122.0 (1st)
Bengals pick up option on A.J. Green
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Bengals have exercised a fifth-year option on receiver A.J. Green, reports ESPN.

Green, who returned to Cincinnati over the weekend for Monday's start of voluntary offseason workouts, was asked earlier Monday about how he would feel if the Bengals ended up offering him a fifth-year option as opposed to working out a longer term contract extension this offseason.

"It's what's in the new CBA. There's nothing I can do about it," he said. "That [affects] everybody."

He added that he has been staying away from the talks involving his representatives and the Bengals.

"I don't pay attention to that stuff. I'm still under contract," Green said. "Like I say, my body of work speaks for itself. Whenever the time's right, it's right. That's one thing I don't get involved with. I just go out there and play the game and whatever happens, happens."

Green ranks second all-time in receiving yards for a player through his first three seasons. He's caught 260 passes for 3,833 yards. Of those, a career-high 1,426 came last year.

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Bengals, A.J. Green not talking extension - yet
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Bengals are expected to exercise the fifth-year option on receiver A.J. Green's contract by May 3, reports Pro Football Talk. But the sides have yet to discuss a long-term contract extension, according to the report.

The Bengals hold the rights to Green through the 2015 season. And in 2016, if a long-term deal hasn't been signed yet, the Bengals can use the franchise tag on Green for that season.

The report says Green can force the issue by trying to boycott offseason workouts or hold out from training camp. But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is confident Green will be there.

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Bengals sign punter T.J. Conley
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Bengals signed free agent punter T.J. Conley on Wednesday. 

Conley punted in 16 games for the Jets in 2011. He averaged 42.7 yards on 92 punts, and his 38.8-yard net average was the highest in Jets history. He had 32 inside-20 kicks with just six touchbacks, and his plus-26 differential on inside-20s to touchbacks ranked tied for third in the NFL.

Conley did not play in the 2012 or 2013 regular seasons. He was with the Jets in the 2012 preseason and with Cleveland in the 2013 preseason.

Conley will challenge incumbent Kevin Huber for the starting job, but most likely he won't make the final roster.

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Bengals' Leon Hall improving in rehab
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Bengals cornerback Leon Hall is doing 'all football drills' in rehab according to the official team website. Hall is working his way back from a torn Achilles suffered last October and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. 

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Andy Dalton working with QB guru
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton recently spent five days with noted quarterback guru Tom House, reports the team's official website. Dalton is trying to improve his throwing motion and accuracy.

"The motion is still mine. It's not like it's completely changed," Dalton said. "We tweaked a few things just to make sure all of your momentum, all your force, everything you have is going toward the target of where you're trying to throw. We tweaked it a little bit. It happens so quickly, I don't think the average person will notice it. There was stuff that was new to me. It’s science-based and applying it. But once I got used to it, it was fine."

House, a former MLB pitcher, has worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Carson Palmer in the past. Dalton is entering a contract year and trying to improve on last year's success when he had 4,296 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He has been to the playoffs each of the past three years but has failed to win a game.

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