AFC North And NFL Roundup: Week Of July 23-27

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 Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 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 27

SteelersWallace Negotiations At A Standstill
The contract negotiations between the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Mike Wallace have come to a standstill, General Manager Kevin Colbert confirmed on Thursday. Wallace has not reported to training camp and wants a long-term contract extension before doing so. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsShurmur In No Rush To Name QB
Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur has not yet named a starting quarterback, and says that the wants to see how rookie Brandon Weeden performs during training camp before handing him the job. “I don’t think there’s any hurry to get rid of anybody right now,” Shurmur said. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsSeverity Of Kirkpatrick’s Injury Unclear
First-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick will likely miss all of training camp after sustaining a knee injury earlier this offseason. The team didn’t have any official updates on the cornerback yesterday, but Head Coach Marvin Lewis called the injury “a small thing.” [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLJones-Drew, Blackmon Hold Out Of Camp
The Jacksonville Jaguars reported to training camp yesterday with running Back Maurice Jones-Drew. The NFL’s leading rusher has two years left on his contract but he wants a new deal before this season. Also, Jaguars first-round pick Justin Blackmon also didn’t report for training camp as he remains unsigned. []

Thursday, July 26

SteelersWallace A No-Show For Training Camp
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace was a no-show as the team opened training camp yesterday. The restricted-free agent has yet to sign his tender offer and is holding out for a contract extension. The Steelers, however, have suspended negotiations because of Wallace’s absence. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsGordon Comes  Clean About Drug  Use
Cleveland Brookes rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon came clean on Wednesday, admitting that he failed a third drug test at Utah last season. The second-round supplemental draft pick told reporters that he is a changed man and that marijuana use is in his past.  [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsKirtkpatrick  Out For Training Camp
First-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick will miss all of training camp after the cornerback fractured a bone in his knee during a pre-training camp workout. The Alabama product will likely be out about four-six weeks, which could cost him all of the preseason as well. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLPatriots Add TE Shiancoe
The New England Patriots cut veteran running back Joseph Addai yesterday, making room for them to add tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. The veteran tight end was most recently with the Minnesota Vikings, and he’s added to a tight end group that is already one of the league’s best. []

Wednesday, July 25

SteelersTomlin Reaches Extension With Steelers
 The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Head Coach Mike Tomlin to a three-year extension, which puts him under contract through 2016. Tomlin has coached the Steelers since 2007 and taken the team to two Super Bowls during that time. He has a 55-25 record in six regular seasons. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Sign QB Weeden
The Cleveland Browns reached a four-year deal with first-round pick Brandon Weeden, the final draft pick that needed to be signed. The No. 22 overall selection signed a deal worth $20.5 million, including a $13.3 million signing bonus. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBrown Upbeat After Bengals Camp
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown is upbeat at his team opens training camp this week. For the first time in six decades, the Bengals will hold training camp at Paul Brown Stadium.  “It’s going to be different,” Brown said. “I think I’ll manage well enough.” [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLTatupu To Miss Entire Season
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the entire season after suffering a pectoral injury. Tatupu signed a two-year deal with the Falcon this offseason after making three Pro Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons report for training camp today. []

Tuesday, July 24

SteelersDeCastro Signs Contract
The Steelers have signed their top draft pick, offensive lineman David DeCastro. Pittsburgh expects DeCastro to be in the starting lineup on opening day, and he has even drawn comparisons to Alan Faneca, the best guard in team history. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Reach Deal With RB Richardson
The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement with first-round draft pick Trent Richardson on Monday. The four-year deal is worth about $20.5 million guaranteed, and it means that the running back will report to training camp Tuesday with the rest of the rookie class. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsDalton Not Worried About Young WRs
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton says he isn’t worried about the young receiving corps that the team has going into the season. He pointed out that he and receiver A.J. Green both had success last year as rookies, and the same could be true for this year’s rookie receivers like third-round pick Mohamed Sanu. []

NFLBryant’s Mother Doesn’t Pursue Charges
The mother of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant does not want to pursue charges against her son after argument allegedly turned violent. Bryant was arrested for the incident earlier this month, and prosecutors have not said whether they will continue to pursue the case. []

Monday, July 23

SteelersPorter To Retire A Steeler
Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter will end his 13-year NFL career as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 35-year-old Porter last played with the Steelers in 2006, but he has decided to close out his career with the team that originally drafted him in 1999. []

BrownsBrowns Appear No Closer With Weeden, Richardson
The Cleveland Browns open training camp this week, but they still have to take care of signing their top two draft picks, running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden. There has apparently been no movement yet on the deals for either player. It’s unclear whether either player will hold out of camp.[Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Have Several Questions Heading Into Camp
In past seasons, the Bengals have had the bulk of their 53-man roster already in place heading into training camp, with only about five spots up for grabs. This year, however, the team has as many as 10 position spots up in the air, which could make it one of the most competitive camps for the Bengals in recent memory.[Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLBrees Files Affidavit Supporting Vilma
Saints quarterback Drew Brees defended his teammate Jonathan Vilma in a court document filed over the weekend, which supported Vilma’s fight against his season-long suspense. The affidavit says that Brees had “knowledge of a pay to injure program existing.” []

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