AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of July 9-14

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 on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 9:41 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, July 12

SteelersSteelers In Ireland?
Steelers Owner Dan Rooney, who is also the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, wants his team to play one game in his foreign country. Rooney has discussed the possibility with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. [Pittsburgh Tribune]

BrownsBrowns Should Be Motivated By Snub
Despite drafting a big-time quarterback and running back in the first round of this year’s draft, ProFootballTalk still ranked the Cleveland Browns at 32nd in it’s preseason power rankings. That shows the team has a long way to go to restore faith. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Will Get Hot Start?
Clark Judge ranked the Bengals as one of three teams that should get a fast start this year. Cincinnati starts in Baltimore, but then faces Cleveland twice, Washington, Jacksonville and Miami in its next five games. []

NFLNFL’s Second Draft Kicks Off Today
The supplemental draft is this afternoon, and there are eight players eligable. Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon leads the pack. Teams will submit bids this afternoon before finding out who had the highest offer for a particular prospect. []

Wednesday, July 11

SteelersDwyer Intent On Losing Weight, Increasing Role
Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer is set to be the backup at the start of the season, and he’s focused on slimming down heading into training camp. He was 30 pounds overweight at the start of training camp last year, and he vowed not to let that happen again. [Pittsburgh Tribune]

BrownsGordon Impresses During Pro Day
Former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon had an impressive workout Tuesday in front of NFL scouts, and he is expected to draw plenty of interest in Thursday’s supplemental draft. The Browns are one of the teams showing interest in Gordon, who had 21 teams watch him work out on Tuesday. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Single-Game Tickets To Go On Sale
The Bengals will begin selling single-game tickets on Saturday at 10 a.m. Cincinnati struggled to sell out several of their home games last year and plenty of tickets are expected to be available when they go on sale. The Ravens make the trip to Cincinnati in the season-finale on Dec. 30. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLPackers Post $42.7 Million In Profits
The Green Bay Packers announced yesterday that the team brought in 42.7 million in net income in 2011-12. The record profits were spurned by the team’s Super Bowl victory and starting last season 13-0. As the NFL’s only publicly-owned franchise, the Packers are the only team required to reveal financial data. []

Tuesday, July 10

SteelersWR Brown Calls OC Haley Friendly Guy
When the Steelers first hired Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, reports suggested that the coach was difficult to work with. Wide receiver Antonio Brown hasn’t seen that side of Haley this offseason, and said that his new coach seems like a “real friendly guy.” []

BrownsBrowns Considering Former Baylor WR Gordon
The Browns are considering former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in Thursday’s supplemental draft. Cleveland didn’t take a receiver until the fourth round of this year’s draft and they’re looking to upgrade at the position, which could make the 6-foot-4 Gordon an attractive prospect. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals To Charge $10 For Pep Rally
The Cincinnati Bengals are taking heat for asking season ticket holders buy a $10 ticket to attend a pep rally, concert and fireworks to open the team’s training camp. Critics have argued that hosting a pep rally for season-ticket holders should be a free event, rather than charging them admission. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLHarbaugh Calls Moss Team’s Top WR
The San Francisco 49ers made a splash this offseason by signing free-agent wide receiver Randy Moss, after he spent a year away from the game. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has been impressed by the veteran wideout and recently said that Moss is the team’s best receiver right now. []

Monday, July 9

SteelersNo Progress With WR Wallace
The Steelers have reportedly made no progress in contract negotiations with wide receiver Mike Wallace. The fourth-year wideout was given a first-round tender this offseason, but he has yet to sign the offer sheet and is hoping for a long-term contract. []

BrownsTripp Expects Charges To Be Dropped
Cleveland Browns backup defensive tackle Kiante Tripp was recently arrested on burglary and firearm possession charges, but his agent believes the charges will be dropped. The Browns have not commented about the arrest and his standing with the team in unclear at this time. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBack-to-Back Playoffs Appearances Next Step
The Bengals surprised some people last season by making the playoffs, and now the next step for the franchise is to make back-to-back playoff trips for the first time in 30 years. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLRB Peterson Arrested In Houston
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested over the weekend in Houston after reportedly getting into a scuffle with some police officers at a club. The star running back was charged with resisting arrest, although the details about the incident are still limited. [Pro Fotball Talk]

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