AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of June 18-22

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 Garrett Downing on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 9:20 am | Categories: AFC North, AFC North Roundup, Garrett Downing

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.

Thursday, June 21

SteelersRooney Wants Steelers To Play In Ireland
Pittsburgh Steelers President Dan Rooney expressed interest this week in bringing an NFL regular-season game in Ireland. Rooney is a U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and he expressed interest in having the Steelers play on the Emerald Isle. [Pittsburgh Tribune]

BrownsHughes Looking To Prove People Wrong
Browns third-round draft pick John Hughes, a defensive tackle out of Cincinnati, is looking to prove people wrong after the team was criticized for drafting him. “I know my capabilities and I can’t wait to go out there and show them,” Hughes said. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsTate A Surprise Of Camp
This time of the offseason is a time for undrafted free agents and overlooked players to make a name for themselves during OTAs and minicamps. One of the standouts for Cincinnati was receiver Brandon Tate, and Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden called him the “one of the best surprises of camp.” [CincinnatiBengals.com]

NFLAtogwe Signs Deal With Eagles
Safety O.J. Atogwe has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The firmer third-round pick spent last season with the Redskins after playing his first six years in St. Louis. The veteran safety could compete for a starting spot during training camp. [SI.com/ Associated Press]

Wednesday, June 20

SteelersSteelers Still Eyeing Long-Term Deal For Wallace
 Wide receiver Mike Wallace has yet to participate in offseason workouts, as he’s holding out for a long-term contract, rather than signing a first-round restricted free-agent tender. “All I can say is we’re in negotiations, and our goal has always been to do a long-term deal,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said. [Pittsburgh Tribune]

BrownsCribbs Says He’s Ready For 2012
Cleveland Browns receiver/returner Josh Cribbs says that spending a full offseason learning Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense will pay dividends for the 2012 season. Cribbs also said that some of the additions to the roster have made for increased competition. [ClevelandBrowns.com]

BengalsBengals Waive RB Stewart
The Bengals have waived rookie running back Rodney Stewart in an injury settlement. The undrafted free agent joined the team on May 2 and tore his ACL during the team’s rookie minicamp. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLOchocinco Excited About Fresh Start
Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco made his debut with the Miami Dolphins this week, and said that he’s looking forward to a “fresh start” in Miami. He spoke with the media for the first time since joining the team, and finished the interview by telling reporters, “I love you. Enjoy the show.” [SI.com/ Associated Press]

Tuesday, June 19

SteelersMendenhall, Hampton Likely To Open Season on PUP List
The Steelers will likely open the 2012 season without running back Rashard Mendenhall and nose tackle Casey Hampton, who both are coming back from torn ACLs that occurred near the end of last season. General Manager Kevin Colbert recently said he expects them to be placed on the PUP list to start the year. [Pittsburgh Tribune]

BrownsFujita Calls NFL’s Bounty Investigation A ‘Smear Campaign’
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has been suspended by the NFL for three games for his role in the bounty scandal when he played for the New Orleans Saints. Yesterday Fujita said that the NFL is conducting a “smear campaign” against the players accused of participating in the bounty program. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBurfict Impressing Bengals?
The Bengals signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict as an undrafted free agent this offseason and he appears to be drawing some attention after OTAs and minicamp. Burfict was once regarded as a first-round pick, and the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy believes he is an undrafted player that has a shot at making the roster.  [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLNFL Releases Evidence In Bounty Case
The NFL released evidence to the media and Saints players yesterday that the league said proves guilt in the bounty scandal. As part of the evidence, the league revealed that the Saints allegedly had a $35,000 prize for knocking Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the NFC championship game in January 2010. [SI.com/ Associated Press]

Monday, June 18

SteelersReceivers Looking To Fill Void Left By Ward
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going through an offseason without wide receiver Hines Ward for the first time in 14 years. With Ward gone, some of the younger receivers like Antonio Brown are now working to fill that leadership void. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Looking To Deal McCoy
The Browns are reportedly looking to trade Colt McCoy after rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden appears to have a hold on the starting job. In dealing McCoy, the Browns are reportedly looking for minimal compensation and hope to avoid releasing the third-year signal caller. [ProFootballTalk.com]

BengalsPacman To Speak To NFL Rookies
Cincinnati cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been invited to speak to this year’s rookies at this year’s NFL Rookie Symposium. Jones is hoping to convince the rookies to avoid making the same mistakes that he made earlier in his career. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLTomlinson To Retire As A Charger
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s NFL career will officially come to a close on Monday, as he is scheduled to announce his retirement as a member of the San Diego Chargers. The fifth-leading rusher in league history played 11 NFL seasons, nine with the Chargers and the last two with the Jets.  [SI.com]

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