AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of July 17-20

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 on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 9:37 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, July 20

SteelersSteelers Make Progress With Walllace
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is hoping to get a new contract before the start of training camp, and the two sides are reportedly making progress in getting a deal done. If a deal isn’t  in place by training camp, then Wallace has said that he may consider holding out. []

BrownsGordon Promises He Won’t Disappoint
The Cleveland Browns took wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round off this month’s supplemental draft, hoping that he can develop into a playmaking wide receiver the team badly needs. Gordon promised  during a recent interview that the Browns will not regret taking a chance on him. []

BengalsBengals Nearing Sellouts
After struggling to sell tickets for home games last season, the Cincinnati Bengals are nearing sellouts already for the 2012 season. The single-game tickets have already been bought up for two of the home games, which is the earliest  since 2008 that the team has announce they are closing in on sellouts. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLLuck Reaches Deal Before Camp
The Indianapolis Colts and top draft pick Andrew Luck reached a deal Thursday just before the start of training camp. The four-year deal includes $22.1 million guaranteed, and is similar to the contract signed by last year’s top draft pick, Cam Newton. []

Wednesday, July 18

SteelersSteelers Bring Back LT Starks
The Steelers looked to bolster their offensive line by re-signing veteran tackle Max Starks to a one-year contract yesterday. Starks has been the team’s starting left tackle since 2008, and the expectation is that he’ll compete with rookie Mike Adams for the starting job in training camp. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Won’t Relax Blackout Policy
The NFL has relaxed the rules on the league’s TV blackout policy, allowing teams to only have to sell 85 percent of their tickets, compared to the previous 100 percent.  The Browns, however, decided not to change their own policy and are confident selling out games won’t be an issue. [Akron Beacon Journal]

BengalsReceiver A Strong Spot For Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals currently have 11 wide receivers on the roster, and the position is expected to be tightly contested during training camp to see who ends up making the active roster. Second-year receiver A.J. Green leads the group, but there are a number of other players looking to make an impact. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLMom’s Complaint Led To Bryant’s Arrest
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested Monday and accused of attacking his mother during an argument. The wide receiver’s mother called police and accused him of hitting her arms and face. The Cowboys have made no comment on the issue. []

Tuesday, July 17

SteelersSteelers Rank As 21st Most Valuable Franchise
In this year’s list of the most valuable sports franchises from Forbes Magazine, the Pittsburgh Steelers ranked as the 21st most valuable. The franchise was valued at $1.02 billion. All 32 NFL teams made the list of the 50 most valuable franchises, and the Ravens ranked 18th. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Sign Supplemental Draft Pick
The Cleveland Browns reached a four-year contract with supplemental draft pick Josh Gordon on Monday, signing him to a deal worth about $5.3 million. The wide receiver comes to Cleveland with high expectations, as the Browns hope he could materialize into the team’s top wideout. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsNo Extension For Nugent
The Cincinnati Bengals weren’t able to work out a long-term deal with their franchise player Mike Nugent, meaning the veteran kicker will have to play this season under the franchise tag. He will earn $2.6 million under the tag this year. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLBryant Arrested On Family Violence Charge
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on a misdemeanor family violence charge on Monday. He turned himself into police and later posted $1,500 bond. Family violence is an attack or “threat” of imminent harm against a member of a family or household. []

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