North Notes: Steelers, Packers, Vikings

Details of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s January domestic dispute have been released via a police report, as Andy Slater of the 640 The Hurricane tweets. Per the report from the Hollywood, Florida police department, Brown allegedly pushed the mother of his daughter to the ground. The woman was reportedly dropping off Brown’s daughter and requested reimbursement for the child’s recent hair appointment. As she blocked Brown from closing his front door, Brown allegedly used both hands to push her down. No arrest was made following the incident, and Brown’s attorney has refuted any wrongdoing on the part of the star wideout, per Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The NFL is planning to investigate the episode, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Here’s more from the NFL’s two North divisions:

  • Aaron Rodgers‘ 2020 $19.5MM roster bonus became fully guaranteed today, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com (Twitter link), virtually ensuring what we already knew: Rodgers will be the Packers‘ quarterback for at least two seasons. Rodgers, 35, inked a four-year, $134MM extension last August that made him the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback by a wide margin. He’s collecting $33.5MM annually, $3.5MM more per year than Matt Ryan. Rodgers finished in 10th in adjusted net yards per attempt (the passing stat which correlates most with winning) in 2018, but ranked just 20th in ESPN’s Total QBR, a metric based on expected points.
  • The Vikings already moved former tackle Mike Remmers to guard in 2018, and they may end up doing the same with their blindside protector. Minnesota is considering shifting left tackle Riley Reiff to guard, sources tell Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Reiff, 30, has played tackle in all 105 of his NFL appearances, and he’s played it quite well: in 2018, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 23rd-best tackle in the league. Per Goessling, the Vikings will take an “open approach” to rebuilding their offensive line, meaning they’ll search for new players in free agency and the draft before finalizing their front five configuration.
  • The structure of Everson Griffen‘s 2017 extension could end up making him a viable candidate for release as the Vikings enter the offseason, as Goessling writes in a separate piece. Per the terms of Griffen’s deal, he received nearly $19MM in new guarantees, but that money has already been paid out in his 2017-18 base salaries and roster bonuses. As Goessling notes, cutting Griffen after a year in which he dealt with mental health issues could seem cruel, but the club could save $10.7MM in cap space by doing so.
  • The Steelers have hired Adrian Klemm as assistant offensive line coach, the club announced this week. Pittsburgh lost offensive line coach Mike Munchak to the Broncos earlier this offseason, and replaced him by promoting Shaun Sarrett from within. Klemm, 41, enjoyed a six-year playing career with the Patriots and Packers before joining the collegiate coaching ranks in 2006. Most recently, Klemm was the offensive line coach/run game coordinator at UCLA from 2012-16.
  • Armed with the third-most cap space in the NFL, the Browns have begun to consider extensions for their current players. Cleveland has initiated talks with “most of” a group that includes linebacker Joe Schobert, safety Damarious Randall, tackle Greg Robinson, and receiver Rashard Higgins, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Schobert and Randall are still under contract through 2019, Higgins is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next month, and Robinson will be an unrestricted free agent.
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    • mattcubs

      A lot of money tied up in Rodgers, certainly–but given the market value for QB’s, can it be debated that he hasn’t earned that payday? Does a down year and a half negate how historically amazing he has been?

      He didn’t have a great year, but the offensive schemes did him no favors. Outside of Davante Adams and Aaron Jones (when he was being utilized properly), he didn’t have much to work with…It seems silly to negate context just to write off one of the greatest QB’s of all time (who is still fairly young).

      • crosseyedlemon

        He only counts as about 13.5% against the team cap for next season. Cousins meanwhile counts for about 15% against the Vikings cap. Which one is a better value seems pretty obvious.

      • connfyoozed

        He actually played pretty well last year. Their offensive line stats were noticeably better after he became a starter, though I’m sure the change in offense from Hue’s to Freddie Kitchens’s had a lot to do with those numbers too.

  1. TheTruth12

    After reading the report sounds like the mother of AB’s kid was looking to start something and is in the wrong. It’s not okay to put your hands on a woman however he said he’d get the money and he was leaving, absolutely no reason for her to tell the kid to go get the money and stand in the door. I feel bad for him and the kid that they have to deal with that kind of person.

    • Matthew Heywood

      Then don’t impregnate a gold digger and use a condom and he wouldn’t have to deal with her. These players are so stupid letting these gold diggers get their claws into them

      • mattcubs

        Yeah, that gold digger wanted to be reimbursed for a hair cut that probably didn’t cost more than $30-50! What a gold-digging wench! The nerve!

        • gleybertorres25

          Trying to figure out why it’s okay to block him from closing his own front door and why a mother should be reimbursed for her own daughters hair cut

          • troll_smasher

            Would think the child support would cover that expense, but maybe they had a verbal agreement otherwise

          • mattcubs

            First of all, please give the Cubs back Gleyber Torres.

            Secondly, blocking the door…does that act in and of itself justify using physical force against a woman?

            Also, we don’t know the whole context of their arrangement. Maybe he was supposed to pay for it. Maybe he doesn’t pay child support on time. Maybe this feud was really brought on by a bubbling up of other issues between the two and the money for the haircut didn’t matter as much as whatever else is unsettled between them, it just became a substitute…etc. etc. Without context, it’s hard to judge the situation. Either way, it should be easy to say that he shouldn’t have used physical force to push her to the ground (especially if the child was in view).

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