Cincinnati Bengals News, March 18: Joe Burrow Makes Big Donation, Zack Moss Ready To Get Started in Cincinnati, and More

Here's the latest news involving the Cincinnati Bengals, including Ted Karras getting a Cincy tattoo and Zack Moss gearing up to play a larger role.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been productive in the offseason, as they have made several additions over the last week.

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The Bengals have recently signed Zack Moss and Mike Gesicki, both of whom have expressed excitement about coming to their new team.

Joe Burrow also made headlines by making a large donation to the Village of Merici, an Indianapolis-based living community and service provider for adults with disabilities.

Bengals Center Ted Karras Gets First Tattoo After Donation From Joe Burrow

Cincinnati center Ted Karras got his first tattoo after Burrow pledged a donation of $25,000 to the Village of Merici if Karras went through with getting one.

Ted Karras offered free tattoos as a reward for the fans making him the Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge, and he ended up being one of the people getting inked.

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, after 45 local tattoo artists had worked on nearly 500 Bengals fans, Karras got his first tattoo.

“This is what happened,” Karras said shortly before having the “Cincy” logo tattooed on his upper right leg. “We’re at free agency dinner on Thursday night. I wasn’t gonna get it. My wife’s been opposed. I’ve caught a spanking for this.

“But Joey B. kind of challenged me and said, ‘If you get it, I’ll donate $25,000 to the Village of Merici,’” Karras continued. “How can I turn him down if Joey B. wants to get involved with the Village?”

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New Bengals RB Zack Moss Ready To Do Whatever Is Needed of Him

With Joe Mixon traded to the Houston Texans on Tuesday, the Bengals affirmed that running back Zack Moss would be the new lead back, replacing the longtime starter after several seasons as a backup.

During the legal tampering period, Cincinnati agreed to terms on a two-year, $8 million deal.

Coming off of his best NFL season, Moss said this week that he’s excited to play a larger role with a new team and is ready for whatever he’s called upon to do to help the Bengals’ offense thrive.

“However I can help this team,” Moss said after his signing. “If it’s catching the ball, running the ball, trying to keep Joe (Burrow) clean as much as I can with the big guys up front, whatever my role is being called that week, that’s what I’m going to try and do.”

CONTINUE READING: How Moss Will Be an Upgrade for Cincinnati

Mike Gesicki Eyed Cincinnati Early

Gesicki and his wife have been talking about Cincinnati since the end of the season, according to the team website.

“I’ve been talking about Cincinnati and just because I knew the opportunity that it presents, and I mean, there’s not many opportunities out there with the type of offense, with the type of quarterback play that this place presents,” Gesicki said.

“The second it happened, the second that they called, I was like … we might be going to Cincinnati. And she was just as excited as me because she knows how important it is to me. It was super cool and I’m fired up, and like I said, this has been on my radar for a while.”

Gesicki has expressed plenty of excitement about playing alongside a star quarterback like Burrow.

“They could have said that it was the worst place in the world, but when you’ve got No. 9 at quarterback, I was like, ‘That is the place I want to go.’ That was something I was really looking forward to,” Gesicki said. “There’s not many, if any, guys that can do what he does with the football. It’s definitely going to be a great opportunity for not only myself but everybody in that locker room.”

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