News and Notes From the Jungle on the Bengals

Here’s a brief run-down of various and recent newsworthy Bengal items:

–The wide receiver derby reduced by one today with the Bengals officially releasing Chris Davis.  Davis, a former 4th round pick of the Titans was seen as a potential kick return specialist and back-up slot receiver.  His release proves that the team has much better options at both positions as camp approaches.   We can finally stop hearing about him having a DUI on his record, because, after all, only the Bengals sign players who’ve had DUI’s (rolling eyes).

–In addition to the piece from the other day about the team interested in extending Cedric Benson’s contract, the team is also apparently in preliminary talks with CB Johnathan Joseph on a new deal.  Joseph is entering the final season of his rookie deal, and will make $885,000 in 2010. Both Joseph and other starting corner Leon Hall are dynamic young defensive backs, and the team is wise in efforting to retain them.  Concerns have been raised that they will be unable to keep both, with Hall signed through 2011.  Hey, we still got Pacman and Brandon Ghee, right?

–Speaking of my piece on re-signing Ced, there is an alternate opinion that the team should hold off.  Feel free to read it and decide for yourself if the Bengals should move now, or wait until he’s an unrestricted free agent.

–Former stud runningback, record-breaker, wife-beater and hamburger-flipper Corey Dillon has pleaded not guilty on his recent DUI charge.  Let me be the first to express my shock and amazement at this development….here it comes…or not.

–Chad Ochocinco’s new reality show, The Ultimate Catch, airs on VH1 on July 11th at 9:00.  His 90-minute premiere will be followed by the season two premiere of The T.O. Show.  It ought to be interesting to see what an unemployed loudmouth has to say…or not.  And yes, I’d still take him in Cincy.

–Chick wonders about how the Bengals might be better had David Pollack not been forced to retire, and whether the team should save a roster spot by canning Jordan Palmer and using Matt Jones as the 3rd QB.

–And lastly, one of my favorite Bengals of all time, Big Willie Anderson, apparently wants back in.  After spending a season out of football, he’s apparently feeling better and wants another shot.  At 34, he won’t be a first option for anyone, but don’t be surprised if a training camp injury opens the door for the Fatburger Franchisee.  Barring a playing gig, Anderson wouldn’t mind serving as a mentor and “giving back” to the game.  There’s certainly a few hundred players who could learn a thing or two about commitment and professionalism from the former Auburn Tiger.

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