North Notes: Packers, Steelers, Allen, Browns

Let’s take a quick spin around the NFL’s two North divisions:

  • Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is “fed up” with general manager Ted Thompson‘s refusal to use free agency to bring in veteran reinforcements, sources tell Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Thompson and the rest of the Green Bay front office are famously loath to enter the free agent period, instead opting to rely on draft picks only to bolster the roster. But that approach seems to be taking its toll on McCarthy, on whom McGinn also places plenty of blame for the Packers’ disappointing 2015 campaign.
  • Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t believe cornerback Cortez Allen will remain on the Steelers‘ roster in 2016, calling Allen’s 2014 extension “one of the worst big-money contracts” in club history. Head coach Mike Tomlin admitted on Friday that he’s not convinced Allen can be an impact player, and given that Pittsburgh could save $1.7MM against the cap by releasing Allen, it’s fair to speculate that he won’t return.
  • In her latest mailbag for, Mary Kay Cabot answers questions about the Browns‘ chances of landing Cal quarterback Jared Goff, whether Josh McCown will be retained, and the latest on receiver Josh Gordon.
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6 comments on “North Notes: Packers, Steelers, Allen, Browns

  1. TJECK109

    Cortez Allen ranks up there with Woodley when it comes to bad contract extensions

    • Chris

      Allen’s is worse, at least woodley was good before the contract.

      • TJECK109

        I agree. Seems like they panicked when Keenan Lewis signed with the Saints and wanted to keep him from leaving as well.

        • baseballrat

          I think the Mike Mitchell signing was even worse

  2. sportscoach

    I honestly though agree with Mike McCarthy in all honesty. Packers shouldn’t just spend money needlessly, but they need another veteran WR and a better oline for Rodgers. You cannot get everything through the draft since you have a 53 man roster and only draft 7-10 players at most.

  3. Andrew

    Please fire McCarthy. 5 years too late

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