AFC Notes: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers


  • Pro Football Talk reports Bengals RB Joe Mixon went to the hospital for X-rays after reporting chest pain. The X-rays were negative and Mixon was later cleared to play. 


According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey‘s five-year, $98.75 million contract extension includes a $20 million signing bonus and breaks out as follows: 

  • 2020: $2.08 million base salary.
  • 2021: $3.24 million base, $15 million roster bonus due fifth day of league year. 
  • 2022: $10 million base
  • 2023: $10.5 million base
  • 2024: $11.75 million base.
  • 2025: $14 million base.
  • 2026: $15.25 million base.


  • The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly says that while Steelers DT Tyson Alualu has been great, he’ll be 34 next year and Pittsburgh likely won’t have much competition to keep him. 
  • Kaboly notes the Steelers see fourth-round RB Anthony McFarland as a limited pass protector right now and that will affect how much he’s integrated into the offense the rest of the season. 
  • While Kaboly doesn’t think the Steelers would be a good fit for Jets QB Sam Darnold if he’s traded or released next year, as he thinks QB Ben Roethlisberger has a few more years left, he notes someone in the future in a similar position to Darnold might be Pittsburgh’s best bet to replace Roethlisberger without a top draft pick. 
  • While the NFL undervalues slot corners when it comes to contracts, Kaboly thinks Pittsburgh will still have a hard time signing CB Mike Hilton to an extension even at $5 million a year. 
  • Steelers WR Diontae Johnson cleared the concussion protocol and will return to practice in full this week. (Ray Fittipaldo)

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