AFC Notes: Bengals, Raiders, Lynch, Patriots

The Bengals selected Washington wide receiver John Ross with the ninth overall pick last Thursday, but some clubs didn’t view Ross as a worthwhile long-term investment, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. “We looked at him as a one-contract player,” one front office told La Canfora. “Our doctors had serious reservations about his longevity at this level.” Ross tore his ACL and missed the 2015 collegiate campaign, and also underwent labrum surgery after the combine. If healthy, Ross and his 4.22-second speed should add a new dynamic to Cincinnati’s offense.

Here’s more from the AFC:

  • The Raiders‘ deal with running back Marshawn Lynch is worth $9MM over two years, reports Ben Volin of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). In 2017, Lynch will earn a fully guaranteed base salary of $1.35MM plus a $1MM roster bonus due May 3 (which makes it effectively guaranteed). Lynch can also bring in $500K in per-game roster bonuses and $150K via a workout bonus. In 2018, Lynch’s cap number will be $6MM — including a $4MM base salary — but because none of that money is guaranteed (and because Oakland didn’t use a signing bonus), the Raiders can cut Lynch after 2017 with no dead money accelerating onto their cap.
  • Even if new Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley is handed felony charges after an alleged sexual assault, he can’t be suspended by the NFL, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Because the incident and accusations occurred prior to Conley entering the league, the NFL cannot discipline him, although the episode come into play down the line. If Conley were to violate the NFL’s conduct policy going forward, he could be treated as a “repeat offender,” according to Florio.
  • Mike Gillislee‘s two-year pact with the Patriots was front-loaded in order to convince the Bills not to match, as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweets. Gillislee will earn a fully guaranteed base salary of $1.5MM in 2017, and will also rake $2MM via a roster bonus and $500K in per-game roster bonuses. In 2018, he’ll see a non-guaranteed base salary of $1.9MM with another $500K available in per-gamers. No signing bonus was used in the deal.
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9 comments on “AFC Notes: Bengals, Raiders, Lynch, Patriots

  1. rycm131

    THe biggest accomplishment of Marshawn Lynch’s career is that he’s somehow ever failed a drug test

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  2. jking7675

    “Even if new Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley is handed felony charges after an alleged sexual assault, he can’t be suspended by the NFL, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Because the incident and accusations occurred prior to Conley entering the league, the NFL cannot discipline him, although the episode come into play down the line. If Conley were to violate the NFL’s conduct policy going forward, he could be treated as a “repeat offender,” according to Florio.”

    Odd, considering Terrelle Pryor was suspended by the NFL for something that happened before he entered the NFL.

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  3. tylerall5

    Ross is the next Ted Ginn. Pure speed guys never are very successful in the NFL. Tavon Austin (8), Darius Heyward-Bey (7), Ted Ginn (9), Dri Archer (97) all never lived up to the hype. Good luck Bengals, should have picked Foster.

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      • dust44

        Chris Johnson was a pure speed guy only. He was actually a solidly built real RB. Ginn, Austin, Archer and Ross r slightly built WRs that don’t weigh in at more the 180. Heyward-Bey just can’t catch. Those other 4 can atleast catch but struggle to get off the line when jammed by CBs because of there slender bodies

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  4. Justin Allen

    If the league cannot suspend Conley, then what is the deal with then dragging out an investigation on Zeke? I think with this next bargaining agreement, an outside source should handle all punishments.

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    • billybosox

      Lol hahahaha .

      -Myself and every other Patriots fan in the world.

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