AFC Notes: Colts, Steelers, Titans

     

Colts

Colts GM Chris Ballard said the team will look to extend players on contract-years “a little bit down the road” this offseason. 

It’s a little bit down the road, but I’ll say that is something we want to be able to do,” Ballard said, via Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. “We want to be able to extend our own and go to them early, especially the guys who are performing and are doing everything right. Being able to take care of those guys early…it’s got to make sense for both sides

When we get after the draft and we start getting into May, June, July and August, those are things we will start taking a look into.”

Steelers

  • Matt Verderame reports that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to end his regular radio show prior to next season and is hoping it “helps his standing” with teammates.
  • TCU DEs Ben Banogu has a visit scheduled with the Steelers. (Tony Pauline)
  • According to Tony Pauline, the Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner was on hand at Memphis’ Pro Day to observe RBs Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard.

Titans

  • Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ official site could see the team moving C Ben Jones to guard for next season, but admits Tennessee’s decision-makers like how he performed at center.  
  • However, if the Titans end up selecting NC State C Garrett Bradbury, the Titans will likely convert Jones to guard.
  • Wyatt says there was some “chatter” about the Titans allowing ILB Rashaan Evans to play edge rusher, but he believes Evans’ best position is still inside linebacker. Wyatt does, however, admit that Evans could occasionally move outside “in some form or fashion.” 
  • As for the possibility of drafting an “early-down” running back, Wyatt does not think the Titans will consider selecting one given that they have Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis, and David Fluellen on the roster at the position.
  • Wyatt believes there is a chance the Titans could select Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons with their first-round pick. 

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