Wake-up call: Woodley's take on bounties

April, 4, 2012
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Working on a column today. So, just the links (no slant) included in AFC North wake-up today:

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley doesn't understand the problem with bounties because NFL contracts reward players for aggressive play.

"If you think about it, when you say there's an extra incentive, the 'bounty,' that's like people having incentives in their contract," Woodley told the NFL Network. "You get a certain amount of sacks, you get an extra bonus. Is that considered a bounty? You're still going to go out there to make the plays in order to get some extra money. Is that putting that much more pressure to go out there and want to hit a quarterback because you know you have a $100,000 bonus coming if you do this?"

BENGALS: Free agent Jerome Simpson, the Bengals' No. 2 wide receiver last season, is scheduled to work out for the St. Louis Rams today, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This comes a day before Simpson is scheduled to be sentenced in Covington, Ky., after pleading guilty March 1 to a marijuana possession-related charge. Prosecutors recommended a 60-day jail stay.

BROWNS: Virginia Tech running back David Wilson was one of the higher-profile draft prospects who visited the Browns on Tuesday, a league source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The paper reported that the Browns would consider taking Wilson with their 22nd overall pick (late first round) or the 37th one (early second round). Cleveland is also hosting Boise State running back Doug Martin this week.

RAVENS: Owner Steve Bisciotti acknowledged he has taken further steps to make sure director of player personnel Eric DeCosta will be around to replace general manager Ozzie Newsome, who has not expressed an interest in retiring anytime soon. Bisciotti said he has restructured DeCosta's contract in a way that it takes him off the market "for a few years." Said Bisciotti to the team's official website: “I think everybody in the organization views Eric as Ozzie’s successor and we’re doing everything we can to make that transition work."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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