The Bengals have extended tender offers to three players – WR Andrew Hawkins, LB Vincent Rey and WR Dane Sanzenbacher. Their Cincinnati contracts from 2013 expire, and as the NFL’s free agency period begins that day, they will be restricted free agents (RFAs).
All three are fourth-year NFL players in 2014.
“This is part of the yearly process to help us retain our core of good young players,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “Andrew, Vinny and Dane have earned the opportunity to look at the market, but we want them back with us. They are certainly in our plans.”
The three players may negotiate with other teams, starting . But by extending the tenders, the Bengals gain the right to retain any of them by matching a competing signed offer. If an RFA does not sign with another team, he can remain with his original team by signing the one-year tender, or by negotiating a longer-term contract.
The deadline for a restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet from another team is . Any RFA who has not signed an offer sheet by that date will have his 2014 NFL rights revert exclusively to his 2013 club.
6:05, Sports Talk
Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports, college basketball, 6:30
Joey Votto, 7:30
Nick Goepper, 8:15, in studio
College basketball: Worries for UC, XU and UK
Olympian Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg) shows off his Bronze medal in slope style skiing.
Take your shot to win FREE pizza. Who scores more Saturday: UC or UK?
Latest bracket from Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: 3 UC, 6 UK, 6 UL, 11 XU, 12 UD.
Matt Stainbrook strained the MCL in his left knee during Monday's game vs Seton Hall. He will miss Thursday's game vs Villanova. The junior is day-to-day. The Enquirer's Shannon Russell has more on the injury and how it could impact Xavier.
Congrats to the Quakers
The Wilmington College men's basketball team is headed to their 2nd NCAA tournament appearance in five years, after winning the OAC conference tournament. The Quakers are coached by K.C. Hunt. Wilmington also has the OAC Player of The Year: Malcolm Heard II.
Audio: Dan Hoard talks to Mick Cronin about his relationship with Justin Jackson.
Final: UK 55 Alabama 48
*UK avoids first 3 game losing skid under Calipari, 22-8/12-5.
*UK clinches 2-seed in SEC tournament.
*Fewest points UK has scored and allowed this season. Fewest points UK has scored since 2008.
*Senior night: Jarrod Polson (Wilmore, KY) and Jon Hood (Madisonville, KY), born and raised UK fans, started the game and each hit three pointers to start the UK scoring.
*UK +14 rebounds.
*Julius Randle's 17th double-double: 12 points/11 rebounds.
*UK still has issues in the half court and making outside shots.
*FG: 32.7%, 3PT: 5 of 28, 17.9%
*James Young: 1 of 11 FG, 1 of 10 3PT....but his one was a big one...to give UK lead 35-32.....they went on a 15-2 run to lead 43-34.
*Dakari Johnson provided a lift off the bench: 9 points, 5-5 FG, 5 rebounds.
*Next up: At #1 Florida Saturday.
Senior night Q/A with Hood and Polson
Dance, dance, dance
Ready to golf?
The OVGA (Ohio Valley Golf Association) has a sign-up event this Saturday, noon to 3pm at the Buffalo Wild Wings in West Chester.
Marvin Lewis Community Fund Coaching Clinic: Saturday, April 26, 2014
More info HERE
Strategy and Drills
(Photo courtesy: Marvin Lewis Foundation)