AFC Rumors: Bengals, Broncos, Browns, Dolphins

Bengals

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis told reporters on Monday that there’s “mutual interest” in keeping their relationship going.

“I don’t think there’s a delay or sticking point here,” Lewis said, via NFL.com. “I just think that … this isn’t a paper route. I just think that there’s things that both of us want to feel good about.

“I think as you move forward — 2017 is over, we’re going into 2018 now and the future — I think everybody wants to make sure we stay on the same course together.

  • According to Lewis, they’re talking about the head coaching job, not a position in personnel. (Geoff Hobson)
  • Bengals QB A.J. McCarron told reporters that his grievance regarding his free agency status will be settled on February 15. (Paul Dehner Jr)

Broncos

  • Mike Klis reports that “significant changes” to the Broncos’ assistant coaching staff could be coming as soon as today.
  • Klis reports that the Broncos have fired offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.
  • According to Klis, Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will have his left shoulder examined by Dr. Neal El Attrache in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The hope is that exam results will rule out surgery as an option, but if Siemian ends up needing to undergo a procedure, he would have it done Wednesday.
  • Broncos LB Todd Davis, who is an unrestricted free agent, says he would love to be back in Denver next year: “I’d love to get a contract and stay here.” (Nicki Jhabvala) this week.

Browns

On Sunday, Browns HC Hue Jackson told reporters: “I don’t think anyone else could’ve done this job for the past two years.”

Jackson explained Monday that he wasn’t trying to sound arrogant or flippant when making that comment, but he doesn’t believe the average person would have been able to endure the past two years.

When I said, ‘I don’t think any other coach would do that job,’ I am not trying to sound arrogant, flippant or anything like that,” Jackson said, via Pro Football Talk. “I just think these situations are hard when you don’t win. When you are doing everything you can to win and it does not happen that way, I think those situations are hard. I don’t think the average person could go through that. That is what I meant by that. I think that is a tough situation to be in.

  • Alex Marvez reports that there’s a lot of chatter going around that new Browns GM John Dorsey anticipates a great deal of change to Hue Jackson’s coaching staff.

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald hears that the Dolphins believe they could clear around $60 million if they want this offseason and they plan to clear some additional cap room to work with.
  • According to Jackson, the Dolphins want DT Ndamukong Suh back next year and they will look to reduce his $26.1 million cap hit by once again reworking his contract. In total, Miami could free up $12 million of cap space by converting this portion into a signing bonus.
  • From there, Jackson says that the Dolphins could release TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons, and possibly RT Ja’Waun James if they can’t agree on a pay cut, which would free up 21.4 million.
  • Other options include restructuring the contracts of QB Ryan Tannehill and C Mike Pouncey.
  • Three sources tell Brad Biggs that Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will likely reunite with Adam Gase in Miami.

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