AFC North & NFL Roundup: Week of May 30-June 1

We’ll round up the biggest stories from AFC North enemy territory each day. We’ll also bring you any NFL national news and updates on former Ravens, if there’s something to pass along.

Posted by BR.com on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 9:54 am | Categories: AFC North, AFC North Roundup

We’ll round up the biggest stories from AFC North enemy territory each day. We’ll also bring you any NFL national news and updates on former Ravens, if there’s something to pass along.

Friday, June 1

SteelersBrown, Sanders Could Be Future Holdouts
The recent offseason drama in Pittsburgh has been the absence of wide receiver Mike Wallace, who wants a long-term contract. Next season, however, could be even more dramatic, as wide receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will both be restricted free agents.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsLittle Looking For Big Season
Browns wide receiver Greg Little is expected to have a big season after the team didn’t take a receiver early in the draft and he is heading into the year as the team’s top target. He had a solid rookie season, but was plagued but drops, which he is looking to improve on this year. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsDalton Happy About Pro Bowl Continuing
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season as an alternate, and he is happy to see the NFL’s all-star game continue next season. There had been talk about ended the game, but Dalton says “It’s great that they decided to keep the game around.” [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLRams Lose Bid For New Stadium
The St. Louis Rams bid for a new stadium was rejected on Friday, putting the future of the franchise in some doubt. The agency that operated the Edward Jones Dome rejected the plan , and now arbitration will begin if a stadium deal isn’t reached by June 15. [SI.com]

Thursday, May 31

SteelersStewart Retires As Steeler
Former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart returned to Pittsburgh yesterday to “retire” as a member of the Steelers, nearly a decade after he last played for the team. The quarterback played eight seasons in Pittsburgh and said that retiring as a Steeler was “closure in a positive way.” [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns To Try Out Son Of HOF Running Back
The Cleveland Browns are trying out the son of former Browns Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly. The tryout for Leroy Kelly Jr. will be held on Monday, as the Browns will give the 27-year-old safety and returner a shot to make the roster. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsCheaper Tickets Helping Bengals
The reduction in season-ticket prices has helped the Bengals move  more tickets for the 2012 season. Cincinnati struggled to sell out the stadium last year and ended up having to black out a number of games last season. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLPro Bowl Set For Honolulu
After some speculation that the Pro Bowl may end, the NFL decided to keep the game and plan for it to be played in Honolulu on Jan. 27, 2013, the week before the Super Bowl. “We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field,” said NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth.  [SI.com]

Wednesay, May 30

SteelersSmith Looking To Stand Out In QB Battle
Former Ravens quarterback Troy Smith is looking to revive his NFL career by earning a spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is competing for a backup job behind Ben Roethlisberger.  “More so than anything, I would say I’m trying to fit in, trying to be the best teammate I can,” Smith said. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Cut CB Allen
The Browns have cut cornerback Mike Allen, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. The undrafted free agent from James Madison University participated in rookie minicamp and the first set of OTAs before releasing the cornerback.  [Akron Beacon Journal]

BengalsBengals Have Good Competition At  WR
The Bengals have 12 players vying for six spots at wide receiver, making that position battle one of the most intense this offseason. The one certainty is that second-year player A.J. Green is at the top of the list, but behind him the competition is tight. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLDolphins Selected  For Hard Knocks
The Miami Dolphins will appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, the cable network announced yesterday.  The seventh-season of the show that takes you inside an NFL training camp will highlight the Dolphins first season under head coach Joe Philbin. [SI.com]

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