NFL Media’s Gregg Rosenthal says the Browns could consider releasing DE Olivier Vernon considering his lack of production in 2019 and $15.5 million in potential cap savings.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Browns plan to hire a VP of football operations and a VP of player personnel after the draft under GM Andrew Berry, mimicking the Eagles’ front office structure.
Bob Labriola of the team website expects the Steelers to address running back and tight end this offseason, as the current incumbent starters for Pittsburgh — RB James Conner and TE Vance McDonald — have not shown they can stay healthy.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team doesn’t have any concerns about Conner’s talent but did take notice of the different injuries he’s dealt with: “We don’t want to say that we don’t have a starting running back because we feel that we do. With James, we are worried about 2020. Our point to James was … that he was injured. These were acute injuries. It wasn’t like if he had one injury that kept showing up.” (Mark Kaboly)
The Steelers are encouraged with QB Ben Roethlisberger‘s rehab from an elbow injury, with his next significant checkup scheduled for February 21, per Colbert: “All signs are good. We’re hopeful he can make a complete recovery.” (Brooke Pryor)
Colbert wouldn’t confirm or deny if Roethlisberger had Tommy John surgery on his elbow. (Kaboly)
Though Eli Manning retired and the Chargers are moving on from Philip Rivers, the Steelers don’t see the end of Roethlisberger’s tenure in Pittsburgh coming soon: “We don’t think he’s at the end of the road.” (Labriola)
Colbert mentioned the Steelers are happy with Mason Rudolph, Devlin Hodges,Paxton Lynch and J.T. Barrett at backup quarterback: “We know who are backups are. We’re comfortable with who our backups are. We’re comfortable with those four guys entering camp.” (Labriola)