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Report: Marvin Jones, Lamur Are Ex-Bengals

Cincinnati is losing No. 2 wide receiver Marvin Jones and backup linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to free-agency.

The Bengals are losing No. 2 wide receiver Marvin Jones and backup linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to free-agency, according to several published reports, some indicating that Jones is heading to Detroit to play for a losing team with a bigger offer rather than accepting a lower figure and playing for a winner in New England.

It's believed that Jones signed with the Lions for about $8 million a year. According to NFL Network, the deal is for $40 million, $17 million guaranteed and a $9 million average in the first three years.

Lamur is heading to Minnesota to play for head coach Mike Zimmer, according to The St. Paul-Pioneer Press. Lamur played for Zimmer when Zimmer was Bengals defensive coordinator.

Veteran backup tackle Eric Winston tweeted today that he's coming back to the Bengals, but there has been no official statement released by the Bengals. A deal for Winston would underscore the prevailing line of thought that the Bengals may be moving on from veteran starting right tackle Andre Smith, a free agent they can replaced with Cedric Ogbuehi, last year's first-round pick, or Jake Smith, last year's second-round pick. If the rookies aren't ready in their second seasons, Winston is veteran insurance

Cincinnati re-signed starting safety George Iloka Wednesday to a reported five-year, $30 million deal before the impending free-agent hit the market when it opened today at 4 p.m. EST.

It was the team's second signing of an impending free agent before the market opened. The Bengals signed receiver/returner Brandon Tate to a one-year deal on Friday. On Monday, the Bengals signed exclusive-rights free-agent center T.J. Johnson

In other news, the Bengals' official web site said that the team was in discussions with starting cornerback Adam Jones as free agency's first hours ended.

Reports have Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu considering a $7 million per-year offer in Atlanta, where he's scheduled to visit. The Bengals won't match that, so they very likely will be rebuilding the receiver corps around All-Pro A.J. Green.

Sanu and Jones combined for 98 catches and 1,210 yards last season, but Cincinnati doesn't want to pay Sanu starting money after he played in about 60 percent of the snaps in 2015 while being a receiving target just 49 times with near-career-low numbers. When Sanu started in the wake of injuries in 2014, he was among the NFL leaders in drops.

The Bengals have a total of three NFL catches in 2015 on the roster after Green, Tate's two and rookie slot receiver Mario Alford's one. James Wright had five catches as a rookie in 2014, but he missed all of last season due to injury.

Cincinnati is still focused on retaining its own, and is said to be in discussions with starting safety Reggie Nelson and backup linebacker Vincent Rey.

There has been little news thus far about the Bengals' other unrestricted free-agents, cornerback Leon Hall and defensive linemen Wallace Gilberry, Pat Sims and Brandon Thompson.


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