03/01/22 Bengals to rest of NFL: “Go find your own Wide Receiver!”

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It’s going to be challenging for the Cincinnati Bengals to keep their Terrific Trio of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins together long term. The Stripes will have to break the bank to pay Burrow, and Chase and Higgins will each command north of $20 million. Those numbers led to recent speculation that maybe Cincy would have to trade Higgins. Forget it. Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin told reporters at the Combine in Indy that he’s not in the business of helping other teams. I like his style.

Contract talks between the Seahawks and QB Geno Smith reportedly are progressing. But that didn’t keep Pete Carroll from casually reminding everyone that his team has the fifth overall pick in the draft, and is fully up to speed on available quarterbacks. Message to Geno?

The Bucs and Leonard Fournette are parting ways. That was inevitable. Aging running backs who make a lot of money are an endangered species.

That Tush-Push quarterback sneak that the Eagles have used so effectively is legal. But it shouldn’t be. Somebody is going to get seriously injured—or worse—in the wash of that scrum. Outlaw it. And do it now.

The Titans could save $18 million in cap space by cutting veteran QB Ryan Tannehill, who is still rehabbing from last season’s knee surgery. Tennessee is not going to release Tannehill, but a trade remains a possibility. The Jets could be interested, especially now that former Titans O.C. Todd Downing has joined the NY staff.

The Dolphins are conflicted about whether to pick up Tua’s fifth-year option, which is worth $23.2 million in 2024. That’s about as tough a call as a team could have to make. I’m glad that’s not my problem.

Dan Snyder, just go away, please.

Vanessa Bryant has settled her remaining claims against Los Angeles County for $28.85 million. I wish the settlement had been for billion. The L.A. County deputies who shared photos from the scene of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed her husband, daughter and seven other people committed despicable acts.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.