The Browns could be a sideline landing point for former Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson. At least one Ravens player appears to be stepping up his efforts to acquire star receiver Julio Jones. Antonio Brown has his new contract at Tampa Bay.
And a former Penguin is an NHL playoff overtime hero.
A step in the right direction
For those wondering if the Steelers could resume training camp at Saint Vincent College this summer, there was a step forward from a league perspective.
That’s according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
O’Reilly said the NFL is still finalizing protocols with the NFLPA and the camps may be different in terms of player proximity, autographs, etc. But with plans already underway to have stadiums at 100% capacity, the return of fans to camp is another big step towards normalcy.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 25, 2021
There was little reason to remove the Pittsburgh camp unless fans were allowed to, so for those who want the Latrobe tradition to return, this is a positive indicator.
However, do not book any plans yet. Obstacles may still exist from a state or local government perspective. Not to mention what the college will allow. Or whatever the Steelers want.
It means the players themselves or the franchise itself. But at least the NFL barriers seem to be diminishing in terms of attendance.
the #Cowboys and #Steelists may report as early as July 21 due to Hall of Fame play. the #Bucs may report July 24 due to an opening game Thursday. Players from the other 29 teams are required to show up on July 27, according to the ABC.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 25, 2021
Pelissero continued by saying that the rules regarding masking and vaccinations “will be dictated by teams in concert with state and local guidelines, not by the NFL.” But with 100% capacity expected in all stadiums, covered seats and pods will be gone. “
As late as May 13, Steelers owner Art Rooney II said those gray areas could still be the problem.
“I wish I could say it’s a done deal,” Rooney told Steelers.com on May 13. “(Having a training camp in Saint-Vincent) is definitely Plan A for us. That’s what we’re planning, but unfortunately there are some issues that we still have to sort out, and some of them relate to the Players Association and the discussions about training camp and covid protocols and all that.
Could free cornerback Steven Nelson stay in AFC North? That’s what some covering the Cleveland Browns are wondering.
Browns Wire’s Jared Mueller posted an article suggesting it could be a good marriage, assuming he could replace Terrance Mitchell who left in free agency for the Houston Texans.
“In 2020 Nelson had two interceptions and was rated by Pro Football Focus with an overall rating of 67.1 and a cover rating of 68.1, good for the 48th best cover corner in the NFL,” said Mueller. “For reference, Terrance Mitchell was ranked 75th in coverage with a 63.4 rating last year as the Browns’ number two cornerback.
Mueller said Nelson will compete with 2021 first-round pick Greg Newsome II and 2019 second-round pick Greedy Williams in nickel and dime situations.
But he thinks that ESPN’s projected signing price of $
It took a while, but Antonio Brown’s long-standing contract to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a done deal.
The former Steeler, Raider and Patriot agreed to stay with their last team a few weeks ago.
But an awkward knee prevented AB from having a physical exam. Again ESPN’s Jenna Laine is reporting now that the wide catcher’s knee is OK, and the matter has been dealt with. She said sources told her Brown was at the Bucs plant on Tuesday.
the NFL Network had reported that the deal was worth up to $ 6.25 million with $ 3.1 million fully guaranteed, including a signing bonus of $ 2 million.
It’s unclear if Mr. Big Chest will participate in the franchise’s voluntary OTAs.
Birds of a feather
A large crow is looking for a large hawk.
This week, Baltimore Raven Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey took to Twitter in hopes of completing the trade process surrounding Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.
Humphrey wants Jones to be part of his organization.
Falcon 🤝 Raven… be a bird forever and #CometotheRavens https://t.co/dk7EwDUvzm
– Marlon Humphrey (@marlon_humphrey) May 24, 2021
Jones can’t just leave as a free agent. But regardless of his willingness to adjust his salary now – or in the future – can speed up this process.
Recently, the Ravens were ranked in the top four favorites to sign Jones according to PointsBet.
Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal won Game 5 of his team’s Central Division first-round playoff against the Nashville Predators. The former Penguins center did so with an overtime goal to polish the Preds 3-2.
Never count this team !!! pic.twitter.com/311aoT1zCT
– Hurricanes de la Caroline (@Canes) May 26, 2021
The rods have a 3-2 series edge. They will look to take out the Predators Thursday night in Nashville.
It’s already Staal’s fourth goal and fifth point in the playoffs.
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