Bengals News: Lamar Jackson, Kareem Hunt, and more

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In Bengals news, could Lamar Jackson end up back in Baltimore after all of this offseason drama? Also, Kareem Hunt might be a fit for the Bengals.

Jackson was slapped with the non-exclusive tag earlier this offseason, meaning that if another team wanted to trade for him, they'd have to give up two first-round picks. The Ravens would also have a chance to match the deal.

Ian Rapoport appeared on the Pat McAfee Show on Monday and said that he predicts Jackson will return to Baltimore.

Speaking of division rivals, could Kareem Hunt be a free-agent target for Cincinnati? Nate Bouda of NFL Trade Rumors sure thinks so. Bouda notes that Hunt could be the third-down back for the Bengals, who lost Samaje Perine this offseason.

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Timing on Lamar Jackson offer sheet would be challenging for Ravens [Jeff Zrebiec, The Athletic]

Two and a half weeks have passed since Jackson was able to speak with other teams and negotiate a possible deal and no one has bit. Jackson's options if no teams step up and want to trade for him are either play for the Ravens or sit the season out and don't get paid. Zrebiec dives more into it with his latest subsciption-required piece.

Projected win totals for Bengals and their opponents in 2023 [Chris Roling, Bengals Wire]

The interesting part here is that the Browns have the second-highest win totals in the AFC North behind the Bengals, of course. The Steelers and Ravens are tied for the fewest win totals, which is not something many people would have predicted to be the case a few years ago. That number will change for the Ravens if Jackson decides to play for them in 2023.

Next. Worst Draft Picks in Bengals History. dark

Ranking Biggest NFL Draft Mistakes of the Past 10 Years [David Kenyon, Bleacher Report]

John Ross makes this list and while yes, Ross was a bad pick, the fact that Patrick Mahomes was taken one pick later looks less bad now that the Bengals have a franchise quarterback of their own.