Thoughts and prayers to Marvin Lewis and family on the passing of his father.
Ross Tucker (Sporting News) tees off on the Bengals offseason:
Considering the amount of cap space they had (and still have) and their need to get over the playoff hump after three straight losses in the first round, it is hard to find a team that has had a more disappointing free agency period than the Bengals.
What have they done to get better? Pretty much nothing unless you think Danieal Manning can have a bounce back season after being jettisoned by the Houston Texans. Instead they've gotten worse, losing left tackle Anthony Collins after he didn't allow a hit on the quarterback, let alone a sack, in the seven games he started.
Thursday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN featured this interview with Marvin Lewis.
Bengals reach agreement with Hamilton County
From the Bengals: Thursday the Bengals announced that the Club has entered into an agreement with Hamilton County that will help to pave the way for one of the most exciting events to happen on The Banks since the opening of Great American Ballpark – the attraction of a major presence of General Electric.
“We are grateful to the State, the County and the City for their hard work in attracting GE to Southwest Ohio,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “We wanted to demonstrate our interest in working together to ensure that The Banks is a viable location for this project. We all know that the Cincinnati area is a great place to live and work. Landing this project will let the nation know it as well.”
Notes from agreement:
All told, the Bengals will be contributing $6 million toward stadium projects and improvements.
Most notably, the Bengals will contribute $2.5 million toward the installation of new video boards at PBS -- to be installed by the 2015 season. Also, the County and Bengals will share in the cost of installation of stadium-wide Wi-Fi, to improve the ability of fans to use smart phones, starting as early as this coming season. On the Wi-Fi expansion, the Bengals initially will fund the total cost and allow the County to spread out partial repayment over several years.
Additionally, the Bengals will pick up entirely the approximately $1 million cost of new furniture in the Club Lounges, to maintain those spaces not only for Bengals games, but for the University of Cincinnati’s 2014 home football schedule at PBS and for high school proms, weddings and other events throughout the year.
The final Paul Brown Stadium improvement in the package will see the Bengals invest almost $2 million in improving team facilities at PBS. Included will be a new weight room, an expanded locker room and modified food service areas. This work will allow the team to accommodate the larger rosters that NFL teams now have, and it will keep the team space vibrant to attract and keep the talented players the team has developed. This work will be funded entirely by the Bengals, with no reimbursement from the County.
The agreement also allows the Bengals to participate in the NFL’s International Series games. Given the league’s growth overseas, the Bengals can now take the Cincinnati brand abroad on a periodic basis, consistent with the other teams in the league.