AFC Notes: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers


  • The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. believes the Bengals should just go ahead and release DT Geno Atkins and DE Carlos Dunlap given their roles have been reduced and both are clearly frustrated about it. 
  • Dehner says both players are looking like strong cap casualty candidates this coming offseason regardless given their high salaries and declining play, so why not just rip the bandaid off especially if the two are going to be negative locker room presences. 
  • Dehner adds it’s unlikely the two would command much trade value ahead of the deadline this year. 
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer notes the Bengals have been open to trading WR John Ross at a few points the past few years but have not received much interest. 
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano write that it’s not out of the question the Bengals could elect to move on from HC Zac Taylor if the team doesn’t start winning, though Cincinnati’s historic patience as an organization works to his favor. 
  • Dunlap went live on Instagram to express his thoughts on his role with the team: “I was frustrated. I was frustrated with my role and hearing about what I was asked to do. Yes I want to play. Yes I want to play every down. That’s clear.” (Ben Baby)
  • Dunlap was also adamant that he wants to continue playing football, yet it remains to be seen if he will be with the Bengals next season: “I personally love what I do and I would like to do more of it. Simple as that.” (Baby)



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