Sunday, July 8, 2012
Weekend links: No progress with Wallace
By Jamison Hensley
Here are some happenings around the AFC North:
BENGALS: Tight end Jermaine Gresham is willing to reward a good deed -- a pretty good reward, in fact. On his Twitter account, Gresham said a homeless man put 50 cents in a parking meter so the Pro Bowl tight end wouldn't get a $55 ticket. Gresham gave the man $100 for helping him out.
BROWNS: Colt McCoy said he hopes to get a fair shot at competing against Brandon Weeden for the Browns' starting quarterback job. But does he expect to get it? "We'll see, I don't know," McCoy told KXAN-TV in Texas. "There are a lot of things I can control and I'm controlling those things. The things beyond that I try to do my best to not worry about those and go out there and do what I do on the field, that's the most important thing. Beyond that, I can't do anything else."
RAVENS: ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton offers a potential predicament for the Ravens next offseason: If the Ravens don't meet Ray Rice's $9 million-a-year price tag,and they don't sign QB Joe Flacco to an extension, both Rice and Flacco could be free agents next year. The Ravens have about $15 million of cap room, but all of that would be gone with a quarterback franchise tag.
STEELERS: There has been no progress in contract talks between restricted free agent Mike Wallace and the Steelers and "in fact, very little negotiation" between the sides, according to The Sports Xchange's Len Pasquarelli. Wallace, who wants a long-term deal, skipped all of the offseason camps and has yet to sign his $2.72 million tender.