Bengals in no hurry to extend Andy Dalton

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will not be getting a new contract any time soon.

I would say we were short about one or two plays, Butler added, and I saw a couple plays out there I could have made.

Calmer words this time around from Butler, who told ESPN’s Mike Reiss after the Super Bowl: They gave up on me. F—. It is what it is.

After signing with the Titans earlier this month, Butler told reporters he never got a reason for his surprise benching, but offered his personal theory on a story that simply refuses to go away.

It’s kind of unbelievable to me. We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game. There are about five or six valuable starting safeties in free agency right now. But I guess it’s just trying to get us to take peanuts like the rest of them have. That’s just the business of the game.

Boston’s astute to realize what’s happening. Of the 11 players remaining in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, four are safeties, including him, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Tyvon Branch.

Friday’s rash of transactions included a head-turning move from the Jon Gruden-led Raiders.

Oakland announced the release of popular and productive punter Marquette King.

The dumping of King comes as a surprise. A Pro Bowl alternate last season and a second-team All-Pro in 2016, the undrafted punter has established himself as one of the league’s young stars at his position.

This week’s owners meeting reminded us that NFL executives are so like-minded that they dress like they all worked at the same used car dealership in the mid-1980s. Coaches are notoriously risk-averse, and while they believe they can fix Josh Allen’s accuracy and make Frank Gore young again with their wizardry, most have no coping mechanism whatsoever for Beckham-Sherman-Suh-Bennett types who don’t approach their profession like they are extras in Dunkirk.

The Rams are wagering that their young barista head coach and old drill-instructor defensive coordinator are the perfect leadership combination for their band-of-misfits defense. The Eagles proved themselves to be interpersonal relationship ninjas last season. Pete Carroll held the Seahawks together for a heck of a run. The Patriots just are. A few teams now follow their leads, daring to be different.patriots_011-223x223

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