AFC Notes: Browns, Raiders, Steelers


  • Mary Kay Cabot of believes that the Browns will sign first-round CB Greg Newsome prior to training camp, as he is one of six first-round picks that remain unsigned.
  • Cabot notes that using the franchise tag on RG Wyatt Teller would make him the highest-paid offensive lineman on the Browns at around $17 million per year. This would be $7 million more than LG Joel Bitonio, and the team currently has more money invested in their offensive line than any other team in the NFL at around $53.4 million.
  • Ultimately, Cabot thinks the Browns will try to sign Teller to a fair market deal before he becomes a free agent next offseason.
  • When it comes to overall team success, Cabot says the team should win 11 or 12 games in 2021, adding that they can beat almost any team in the league and should at least advance to the AFC Championship game.


The Las Vegas Raiders announce that Team President Marc Badain has resigned, effective immediately. Badain began working with the Raiders in 1991 as a summer intern. In 2015, Owner Mark Davis promoted him to permanent role of Team President.

Badain briefly expanded on his sudden departure via text message.

Davis announced that Dan Ventrelle will take over as Team President.

His experience on both the football and business sides of the organization make him the best choice to lead the Raiders organization at this time,Davis said via “The greatness of the Raiders is in its future and the future starts now.

  • The Athletic’s Tashan Reed reports former CFL QB Damon Allen has joined the Raiders coaching staff as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program.


New Steelers OC Matt Canada had a little bit of influence on the offense last season, which could be seen in the increase in jet motions to start the season. Now he’s running the show and offered a little more insight into what his philosophy will be in 2021. 

“I’m a big believer in tempo and the changing of the tempo,” Canada said via the Athletic’s Mark Kaboly. “If you always go fast, people get used to that. If you always walk out of the huddle, folks get used to that. Defensive coaches are smart. They study film and tendencies and all those things. We’re certainly going to continue to use tempo and use the things that Ben is very, very good at to help our offense be the most productive it can be. The changes of tempo during the course of a game are very important, and I think Ben’s good at it.

“Matchups are how you win football games,” Canada continued. “It starts with the quarterback. What does he do well? What does he like? What does he see? What is good to his eye in the passing game? … His voice, his vision, what he sees will be what we do.”

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