Steelers player rep Ramon Foster is prepared for a tussle over the collective bargaining agreement in 2020 and says players should be prepared to sit out games, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. Because the league could be headed towards a strike or lockout, Foster is hoping players will save up now. “Hit them in the pocket,” said Foster of the league. “Money always talks.”
Let’s take a look at the latest out of the AFC North:
- The Browns are shuffling their defensive backfield, as the club plans to move Jamar Taylor — acquired from the Dolphins in exchange for a 27-spot drop in the draft — to the outside, meaning veteran Tramon Williams will play the slot in sub packages, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes. The shift was somewhat necessitated by the ongoing saga of usual slot corner K’Waun Williams, who has been suspended by Cleveland and may not be long for the roster. The Browns, who finished just 27th in pass defense DVOA, also boast Pro Bowler Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert, Trey Caldwell, and Charles Gaines at cornerback, per Roster Resource.
- Some of the Ravens‘ roster decisions have been made easier thanks to various suspensions and injuries, as Jeff Zreibec of the Baltimore Sun details, but the club’s choice at backup quarterback could still be up in the air. Free agent addition Josh Johnson has played well over the summer, and head coach John Harbaugh said the veteran quarterback is in the competition to be Baltimore’s No. 2 signal-caller. But as Zriebec notes, Ryan Mallett is still the favorite to be the direct reserve to Joe Flacco, especially given that he has more recent starting experience and has also been productive during the preseason.
- Earlier today, we heard that while clubs are expressing interest in trading for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, Cleveland is likely to hold onto the dynamic pass-catcher.
- Recently-released cornerback Keenan Lewis will head to Pittsburgh tonight for a visit with the Steelers, for whom he played from 2009-12.