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Cincinnati Bengals sign Danieal Manning

Manning joins his former secondary coach, now Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph.

Manning is a huge addition to a solid safety position. He is expected to battle with George Iloka for the starting positions and could play a role in special teams.

Manning’s contributions went down last season but [he] has playoff experience and has recent success from 2012, where he started every game, had 2 interceptions, and 77 combined tackles.

Manning is a solid addition. Even if he doesn’t start, he can provide veteran mentorship to the secondary.





Those workouts for the Redskins, Titans, Buccaneers, Browns, Lions, Texans and Vikings will be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehab sessions.

Each of those clubs can conduct a voluntary minicamp, with the first of those scheduled for April 22-24 in Detroit and Tampa. Cleveland, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington will hold their voluntary minicamps the following week, while Houston will go May 6-8.

All other teams can begin their opening phase of workouts April 21.

There are plenty of new pieces to be excited about for the Browns.





McClain will possibly speak with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome on Friday about resuming his career. If he’s welcomed back, McClain said he’ll begin offseason workouts with the club when Phase One begins on April 21.

“There were a lot of changes I had to make,” McClain told The Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz. “I’ve got two little boys that look up and depend on me every day, and I want to be there for them and am going to be there for them every day. So as a man, as a Christian, as a father, you take time to set all your priorities straight.”

If McClain has truly dealt with his personal issues, he may be able to contribute meaningfully at ILB, where the Ravens have little depth.





Draft Outlook

“This is the year to get one,” Kiper said of the Steelers taking a cornerback, wrote ESPN’s Scott Brown. “A corner, wide receiver, d-line and o-line would be the positions of need, I think for the Steelers.”

He referred to Gilbert as 1, and Dennard as 1a as far as the top corners in this draft.

The Steelers have nine offensive linemen signed heading into the draft, including four of five starters from 2014. The one exception being the return of All Pro center Maurkice Pouncey. Still, that doesn’t preclude the notion of the team taking a tackle, given the up-and-down career to this point of Marcus Gilbert, who is playing in the last year of his rookie contract – he was a second round pick in 2011.

They added defensive lineman Cam Thomas to help fill the void of Ziggy Hood (signed with Jacksonville) and Brett Keisel(expired contract, still unsigned), but with just two players behind them, 2013 seventh-round pick Nick Williams and undrafted free agent Brian Arnfelt, the Steelers may want to bring in another younger player to develop.

In his latest mock draft, Kiper has both Gilbert and Dennard off of the board when the Steelers select. He has them taking LSU WR Odell Beckham at 15.



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