AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Titans



  • Per Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals HC Zac Taylor said WR A.J. Green is unlikely to play this week. 


  • According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Browns will send a scout to free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick‘s workout on Saturday. 
  • The Browns made the decision to cut second-year WR Antonio Callaway because he had “too many issues” per ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
  • Callaway was late again this week after being suspended by the team Sunday for being late to the stadium on game day against the Bills. He also is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy for the second time. (Jeremy Fowler)


Titans RB Derrick Henry has shown he’s too big, too strong and too fast for most opponents he plays in the NFL. But his most fearsome opponent will come this offseason when he squares off against the NFL’s market dynamics at the running back position in the search of a new contract. Most teams are loathe to invest too much money long-term at a position that has a proven short shelf life and can be easily replaced. Henry’s best chance at a payday might come from staying in Tennessee. 

“We’re not the only team, but we’re one of the teams where Derrick fits perfectly and because of that, I would have to think both sides will look long and hard (at a new deal),” former Titans GM and current radio host Floyd Reese said via the Athletic’s John Glennon. “You look at a guy like DeMarco Murray, who led the league in rushing in Dallas, and then goes to Philadelphia and he can’t gain a yard. Then he comes here and he leads the AFC in rushing. I think that shows you how important where you go is for the player.”

  • CBS analyst and former agent Joel Corry believes Henry’s deal will fall more in line with the second tier of running back deals at no more than $10 million a season. 
  • He also raises the possibility of Tennessee using the transition tag on Henry, giving him a one-year deal worth the average of the top ten salaries at his position and allowing Tennessee the right of first refusal if another team signed Henry to an offer sheet. 
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