NFL news: Around the league in 32 plays

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It’s Friday Addicts!  That means it’s time to recap all the NFL news and rumors from the past week.  A lot going on, and some very serious headlines to reflect on in Cleveland and New York, though for very different reasons.  We’ve also got a couple of possible early retirements on the way from some pretty good players that should be close to their primes.

More from Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency

Not much coming out of Kansas City these days, news wise.  Though if the season continues on as it has, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see that change.  So let’s get to it…

Atlanta Falcons:  The Falcons have added veteran pass rusher Phillip Wheeler to the roster.  While the defense in Atlanta is clearly improved from previous seasons, they are still in need of a steady presence when it comes to pressuring the quarterback.

Dennis Pitta has always played tough on the field, but the injuries may simply have become too much for him. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens:  Dennis Pitta is close to reaching a pivotal point in his career where he will decide to either make one more comeback, or hang up his cleats for good.  The veteran tight end broke and dislocated his hip last season and began this year on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Buffalo Bills:  The Bills offense is suffering yet another setback as it will be without quarterback Tyrod Taylor as well as wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin.  In fact, due to his latest injury, Percy Harvin is now contemplating retirement from the NFL.

Chicago Bears:  The Bears have cut defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff after a heated exchange between him and General Manager Ryan Pace required a police presence.  The Bears have been moving on from a lot of their defensive players, and the 34 year old Ratliff was unlikely to be a part of the team after this season, but clearly the confrontation with Pace expedited that.

Cincinnati Bengals:  The Bengals have reached a tentative agreement with their cheerleaders, the Ben-Gals, over low pay during the 2011-2013 seasons.  The agreement is still subject to a fairness hearing on December 3rd.  While cheerleaders are often the source of sexual harassment issues in the NFL, the Bengals are changing that up after several players were shown naked in the background on NFL Network during an interview with cornerback Adam Jones.

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