AFC Notes: Browns, Jaguars, Steelers

Browns

  • Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com doesn’t see a scenario where No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield impresses with his play this summer and the Browns elect to trade Tyrod Taylor to another team much like the Eagles did with Sam Bradford a few years ago.
  • Cabot explains that Browns HC Hue Jackson is committed to starting Taylor and winning as soon as possible and isn’t looking to turn the team over to another rookie.
  • Cabot mentions that it’s possible the Browns could move on from LB Jamie Collins next year if he has another down season. Cleveland would pick up $9.25 million of cap room and take on just $2.5 million of dead money by cutting Collins loose in 2019.
  • According to Cabot, the Browns will likely keep at least six linebackers on the roster including Christian Kirksey, Joe Schobert, Jamie Collins, James Burgess Jr. and Mychal Kendricks.
  • Cabot says that WR Corey Coleman will likely be on the Browns’ roster to open the season, unless they’re able to trade him.

Jaguars

Mike Kaye of First Coast News breaks down the Jaguars’ tight end position in his latest article.

Steelers

Regarding negotiations with franchise RB Le’Veon Bell, Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said that both parties want to get a deal done before Monday’s deadline and he’s hoping to have some exciting news.

Obviously we want to get the deal done,” Tomlin told WAVY-TV in Virginia. “[Bell] wants to get the deal done. Everybody has said that. Now it’s just about the negotiators getting in the room, and doing what it is they need to do. I’m excited and hopeful. Hopefully we’ll have some exciting news here before Monday.”

On Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Steelers and Bell have made “some progress” on a long-term extension. However, Rapoport adds that this situation may come down to the wire much like it did last year.

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