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Domata Peko and Cincinnati Bengals Agree to Two-Year Contract Extension

March 27th, 2014 at 11:00 PM
By Cody Dalga

The Cincinnati Bengals and defensive tackle Domata Peko have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension which would keep the fan favorite with the club through the 2016 season. 

"Domata has been a significant and productive player for our defense for many years now, and we are excited to extend his time here even longer," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "He is a leader among our veterans and a mentor for our younger players, and securing his future as a Bengal through the next three seasons is another positive step in continuing to improve our team."

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Peko, who was drafted in 2006 by Cincinnati, has started at least 16 games in all but two seasons in his career. He has 12.5 career sacks and 398 total tackles.

Following the loss of Geno Atkins last season, Peko was forced to step up and anchor a defensive line with Carlos Dunlap

The 29-year old Michigan State alum has been been said to be both a leader on and off the field. He has started 67 straight games for the Bengals, which is the longest on the team. 

 

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National Football League Bans Crossbar Dunking Celebration

March 25th, 2014 at 6:59 PM
By Cody Dalga

The National Football League (NFL) announced today that beginning this season, all touchdown celebrations involving dunking over the crossbar will be banned and result in a penalty. 

'Jimmy Graham  NFC Offensive Player of the Week 09/25/2013' photo (c) 2013, Tom  Pumphret - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/While there is a rule already in place preventing players from using the ball as a prop for celebrations, the new rule will be an extension of this existing rule. 

"We grandfathered in some, the Lambeau Leap and things like that. But dunking will come out," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said. "Using the ball as a prop or any object as a prop, whether that's the goal post, the crossbar, that will come out and that will be a foul next season."

One instance that may have made the change an easy decision occurred this past season when New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, who is a frequent crossbar dunker, rocked a crossbar off kilter with an authoritative slam. 

Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez took to twitter to show his disappointment with the new rule. 

 
Gonzalez was also a player who made his fair share of crossbar dunks.
 
Additionally, the NFL's Competition Committee is considering raising the height of the goal post by five feet. 
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Defensive Back R.J. Stanford Signs with Cincinnati Bengals

March 25th, 2014 at 12:05 AM
By Cody Dalga

After staying silent for the first week and a half of free agency, the Cincinnati Bengals have made their second free agent signing. R.J. Stanford, who spent the past two seasons with the Miami Bengals, reportedly signed a deal with the club. 

Drafted out of the University of Utah, he has spent the past two seasons in Miami. He spent the prior two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. While playing as a special-teamer and back up defensive back he has accrued 39 career tackles as well as one interception. He played just 26 defensive snaps in the 2013 season. 

The five foot, ten inch Stanford began his college career as a running back before making the transition to the other side of the ball. 

He may be able to make an impact early on depending on the status of Leon Hall, who injured himself last season with an achilles injury. Even with his signing, the Bengals are still likely to draft a defensive back with their first-round pick (24th overall) in this year's draft. 

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After Losing Multiple Lineman, Cincinnati Bengals Sign Tackle Marshall Newhouse

March 23rd, 2014 at 7:31 PM
By Cody Dalga

Since free agency officially began on March 11, the Cincinnati Bengals have yet to make a deal with a player outside of the organization. That all changed Friday when the team agreed to a deal with offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse.

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Newhouse spent the past four season in Green Bay with the packers as a backup lineman. The fifth-round pick in 2010 did appear in all but one game in his past three seasons and even started in two contests. 

"Marshall has played a lot of football for Green Bay. He'll be a quality addition to our line," Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander said. "He's played left tackle and right tackle and has experience in big games."

Cincinnati was in dire need of depth at the offensive line positions after releasing Kyle Cook and losing Anthony Collins to free agency. Collins signed a five-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $30 million. 
 
Newhouse, who played with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton at Texas Christian University for three years, may have some versatility at both guard and tackle for next season. 
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Former Cleveland Browns Quarterback Jason Campbell Signs with Cincinnati Bengals

March 19th, 2014 at 9:53 PM
By Cody Dalga

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell and the Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday evening according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

While it may seem like a sporadic signing, remember that new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has had history with Campbell. This would be the first time since Dalton's rookie season that the Bengals will have three quarterbacks on the roster. Campbell would most likely have a leg up on backup Josh Johnson.

Several reports came to light on Wednesday that mentioned Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray as a possible target for the Bengals in the upcoming draft but they have yet to confirm nor deny the reports. 

The 31-year old Campbell has started 79 career games going 32-47. He spent last season with the Browns going just 1-7 as a starter while throwing 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. 

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