AFC Notes: Browns, Raiders, Steelers

While the Browns are likely to move on from newly acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler before he ever plays a down in Cleveland, head coach Hue Jackson indicated Sunday the 26-year-old will have a chance to compete for the team’s No. 1 job, tweets Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald. It’s difficult to take Jackson seriously in this case, however, and Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com senses that he’s uninterested in trying to transform the former Bronco and Texan into a viable starter. As such, the Browns remain on track to jettison Osweiler via trade or release, Cabot writes.

The latest on a couple other AFC teams:

  • Count Jets owner Woody Johnson among the many around the NFL who are unimpressed with the city of Oakland’s attempt to keep the Raiders. “They didn’t make a valiant effort,” Johnson told Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal (Twitter link). It seems fair to infer from Johnson’s comment that he’ll vote in favor of the Raiders’ relocation bid Monday. The Raiders’ Mark Davis will need 23 yes votes from the league’s other 31 owners to realize his Vegas goal. He’s unlikely to have difficulty garnering approval from his colleagues, two anonymous owners told the Associated Press. “Not only have no hurdles been made clear to us, but there isn’t any opposition to it,” said one. Added the other, “It’s going to happen and the sooner we do it, the better it is for the league and for the Raiders.”
  • Pittsburgh took a serious run at inside linebacker Dont’a Hightower in free agency before he re-signed with the Patriots, which Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert addressed Sunday. “We made an attempt (to sign Hightower). It didn’t work. We’re fine, we move on,” said Colbert (via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). The Steelers also lost stalwart ILB Lawrence Timmons in free agency, though Colbert insists that they’re “very confident” that Vince Williams is capable of stepping up in the wake of Timmons’ departure. Williams has only started six games since an 11-start rookie campaign in 2013, though, and played just 25.7 percent of the Steelers’ defensive snaps last season. It “remains to be seen” if the 27-year-old has what it takes to be a three-down player, offered Colbert.
  • A far more prominent member of the Steelers, running back Le’Veon Bell, is entering a contract year as the team’s franchise player. Long-term negotiations between the two sides will ramp up after the draft, per Rutter. “It will be a very complicated type of deal,” said Colbert, who added that locking up Bell “always has been our goal.” The leaguewide deadline to re-up franchise tag recipients to multiyear pacts is July 15, which will give the Steelers two-plus months to get a deal done with Bell if they take a post-draft approach.
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9 comments on “AFC Notes: Browns, Raiders, Steelers

  1. Hopeful

    When it comes to Brock and the Browns, why not give him a chance? After all you did just spend 16 million in FA. I know it was mainly for a draft pick (kinda ridiculous) but give him the 1 year to see what he’s got. You could always cut him later.

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    • if that draft pick goes to the HOF nobody will think it was ridiculous. Everyone will praise the Browns like when Hershel walker was traded by jimi johnson.

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  2. Lord Ali

    For safety reasons wouldn’t it be safer and more beneficial to the NFL if the league allows the Raiders to win mediately move to Las Vegas and painting is the penalty fee? Just for the sheer fact that it will turn into a very violent situation in the Oakland area and at the stadium in regards to the move for the Las Vegas raiders

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    • planetsabc

      They can’t move immediately, as they have no stadium to play in in LV currently

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  3. Lord Ali

    Raiders could play at UNLV . The NFL has all ready has looked in to this as a back up

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  4. Z-A

    There’s no downside in keeping Brock and giving him a chance to compete for the job.

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  5. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    Great, Mary Kay is back to spin some more yarns.
    Ugh.

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  6. Rparmer

    I think Mary , Grossi, ans pat should keep thier mouths shut. Pat is clueless with 90% of the stuff he says. Mary kay, if she knows what she is talking about runs her mouth to much. Pat and Grossi hate the Browns and rarely speak objectively about what is going on. I thought they were reporters? Go report for teams you like. It is hardly this owners fault that the previous owner did not care about our Browns. We already have enough pain watching the crap teams in our division wax us. We could use some objectivity from our reporters. Go report for whoever your team is. ESPN hear me.

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  7. SportsCoach

    Honestly Jackson has to seriously consider Osweiler if they are not able to trade him. At least let him come into camp and show what he can do. Sometimes a guy has to hit rock bottom before he becomes any good

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