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Dunlap’s deal a sign of NFL’s changing times

He’s not great against the run. He’s yet to play a full season in the NFL. Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has received criticism about what he can’t do, but there’s no question about what he can do. And that just so happens to be the main thing defenses are looking for in today’s NFL. Get to the quarterback. That’s why despite his shortcomings, Cincinnati signed the 6-foot-6, 280-pound pass-rushing menace to a six-year, $40 million extension on Monday. Dunlap… Read More »

Chiefs’ Siler starts in place of deceased friend Belcher

Brandon Siler was hoping he’d get his chance with the Chiefs, but not like this. The tragic news of Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide hit Siler harder than most. Belcher, the team’s starting middle linebacker, and Siler, his backup, were friends and sat next to each other during daily meetings. Siler spent this past Saturday mourning the death of his teammate after it became public that Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and the mother of their three-month old daughter, and then… Read More »

Nelson, Dunlap join former rivals to boost Bengals

Playing in Jacksonville on Sunday brought back memories for Bengals teammates Reggie Nelson and Carlos Dunlap. However, those recollections are a little different for the former Gators. While Nelson couldn’t help but reminisce on his three years as a Jaguar, Dunlap couldn’t help but recall one particular game as a freshman at UF in 2007. That’s because two of Dunlap’s current teammates won’t let him forget. Receiver A.J. Green and defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who was on the Georgia team… Read More »