Bengals paying to keep players

Always known as a cheap organization, the Bengals have opened up their coffers recently to retain key players, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Updated: September 1, 2006, 4:53 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli |
It took only three seasons for coach Marvin Lewis to expel the Cincinnati Bengals' reputation as unlovable losers. It's taken owner Mike Brown, and the front office tandem of Katie Blackburn and Troy Blackburn, even less time to move beyond the rap that the team was run on the cheap.