How Bengals became NFL's L.A. Clippers

No franchise among the four major sports has been as bad as the Bengals the past decade.

Updated: April 4, 2001, 1:05 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The Cincinnati Bengals entered the NFL's free agent period with more salary cap money to spend ($17 million) than any other team. The Bengals boasted they were paying some $20,000 on first-class airfare for prospective players.

Imagine the surprise of some of those athletes when their Cincinnati hotel demanded a credit card imprint for any incidental charges like, say, Spectra vision or the mini-bar. And instead of an elegant breakfast with a team representative, they had to go the continental ...

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Over the past decade, the Bengals have been the worst franchise in sports.