AFC North: Ryan McBean

AFC North injury updates

August, 11, 2012
Here are some injury updates after the preseason openers:

BENGALS: The fear is that left guard Travelle Wharton, a free-agent addition from the Panthers, suffered a season-ending knee injury, according to the team's official website. Clint Boling, a fourth-round pick in 2011, is expected to replace Wharton. ... Defensive end Carlos Dunlap and middle linebacker Rey Maualuga both sprained their right knees. Maualuga said he'll only miss a couple of days, and Dunlap declined comment on a timetable to return.

BROWNS: Head coach Pat Shurmur said Mohamed Massaquoi suffered another concussion, which is why the wide receiver was pulled from the game after the first offensive snap. Massaquoi disputed that he had a concussion on Twitter. “No! Precautionary! Cant wait to get back to work!” Massaquoi wrote.

RAVENS: An MRI revealed no structural damage to tight end Ed Dickson's sprained right shoulder, a source told the Baltimore Sun. He is expected to return for the Monday night season opener against the Bengals. ... Backup defensive lineman Ryan McBean broke his ankle and will need surgery, a source told The Sun. McBean, a free-agent pickup from the Broncos, was already going to miss the first three games because of a league suspension.

STEELERS: Fullback-tight end David Johnson confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he will undergo season-ending ACL surgery. The only other fullback on the roster is Will Johnson. ... Left tackle Mike Adams (knee) wouldn't say when he would return but indicated that it wouldn't be more than two weeks.

AFC North links: Weeden's goal is playoffs

June, 1, 2012
Baltimore Ravens

Ryan McBean, a former Broncos defensive lineman, appears to be off to a good start with the Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. "I just want to show my ability to get to the quarterback and stop the run," McBean said. "We've got guys here already that can do that, and I can add to that.

LaQuan Williams says he needs to expand his game as a receiver to make the team.“I have to make plays on both sides of the field, on offense and special teams, to make sure I’m here," Williams told Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun.

Cincinnati Bengals

Center Kyle Cook talks about breaking in two new teammates -- guards Travelle Wharton and Kevin Zeitler -- on the offensive line with Geoff Hobson of the team's website.

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer employed some new, complicated schemes during this week's organized team activities, which not only showed who could handle the mental workload defensively, but also were a new challenge for second-year quarterback Andy Dalton, reports's Paul Dehner Jr.

Dalton was pleased the league decided to continue the Pro Bowl. "It’s great that they decided to keep the game around. It is an awesome experience, and an honor to get to play in the game. And I’m glad they kept the game in Hawaii. It’s a great reward at the end of the season," Dalton said via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cleveland Browns

When asked by ESPN Playbook what his "welcome to the NFL" moment was, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden said, "Honestly, just walking through the locker room, seeing the team lockers, being in an environment where you see a lot of pros. I’ve been through it with baseball obviously, but being in the locker room, when you’re the quarterback, kind of the face of what’s going on, that means a lot. After draft day, coming in on that Friday, seeing what was going on, that was special."

Playoffs? Weeden's goal is for the Browns to make the postseason, something the team hasn't done since 2002. “Obviously, you’ve got to take it one step at a time, and our goal is to get in the playoffs ... and once you get in the playoffs try to take it one step forward," Weeden said via Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Former wideout Hines Ward has signed on to be a TV analyst with NBC, according to Michael Hiestand of USA Today.

Safety Myron Rolle, a Rhodes Scholar and former Tennessee Titan, is trying to revive his football career with the Steelers, the AP reports.

Receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Todd Haley's new offense (via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): "It’s definitely fun for a young guy like me. I was only in Bruce Arians’ system two years, so the change wasn’t that a big of a deal for me. But for Ben[Roethlisberger], a guy who has been in the NFL for nine years and been in the same offense, I can understand why it’s a little difficult."
Someone restructured a contract in the AFC North and it didn't involve the Pittsburgh Steelers for once.

The Baltimore Ravens restructured the contract of guard Marshal Yanda, which allowed them to sign wide receiver Jacoby Jones (two year, $7 million contract) and defensive tackle Ryan McBean (one year, $1.2 million), according to the Carroll County (Md.) Times. Baltimore had the smallest amount of salary-cap room in the AFC North before the move.

Yanda, who signed a five-year, $32 million deal last year, created $2.8 million in cap space by restructuring his contract. His cap number was reduced when the Ravens converted $3.8 million of his scheduled $4.5 million salary into a signing bonus. So, Yanda doesn't lose any money in this restructuring. The result is his salary-cap number increases over the remaining years of his contract (because the new signing bonus is prorated over 2013, 2014 and 2015).

It is believed to be the first contract that the Ravens have restructured this season, which puts them far behind the Steelers in cap-manipulating moves. Pittsburgh restructured five contracts this offseason to create additional cap room: quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tackle Willie Colon, cornerback Ike Taylor and linebackers Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley.
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When Browns running back Trent Richardson reports to rookie minicamp Friday, the first-round pick wants one less thing to worry about -- his contract.

Richardson said signing was his top priority and hears it's "really close to being done."

"I want it done by [Thursday], because I want to get everything done with," Richardson told 92.3 FM The Fan in Cleveland. "I'm here to play football, and I'm here to win."

Richardson seems motivated to prove he's worthy of being the third overall pick in the draft.

"People have made comments about me being an ordinary running back," Richardson said, referring to comments made by Jim Brown on draft day. "As of now, I haven't been in the league, so I do have to make a name for myself."

Hensley's slant: While the Browns say they won't hand the starting job to quarterback Brandon Weeden, team officials have made it clear that Richardson will carry a lot of the weight of the offense this year. The stat that jumps out to me is Richardson scored 24 touchdowns last season at Alabama. That's four more than what the Browns' offense scored in 2011.

BENGALS: When the Bengals begin their rookie minicamp Friday, they will take a look at a couple of wide receivers who went undrafted but bring a lot of speed. Connecticut's Kashif Moore ran the 40-yard dash art the NFL combine in 4.42 seconds, and New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers was timed at 4.33 seconds at his pro day in March. "The more [speed] you can get, the better; let's see it," Cincinnati wide receiver coach James Urban told the team's official website. Hensley's slant: It will be difficult for any of the undrafted rookie receivers to make the Bengals this season. They don't have a clear-cut No. 2 wide receiver as of yet, but they have plenty of depth at that position with A.J. Green, Jordan Shipley, Andrew Hawkins, Brandon Tate, Ryan Whalen, Armon Binns along with draft picks Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

RAVENS: Newly signed defensive tackle Ryan McBean told the team's official website that he's grateful for another chance and put a positive spin on the three-game suspension that he received for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. “It gives me time to get myself ready and focus on improving my craft," McBean said. "Whatever aches and pains I have, maybe those three weeks will help me heal whatever it is. Whatever the situation is, I’ll use that time to get better.” Hensley's slant: It was a low-risk move by the Ravens, who need experienced depth on the defensive line. According to the Carroll County (Md.) Times, McBean signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal that includes no signing bonus. That means the three-game suspension will cost him a little over $200,000.

STEELERS: Fourth-round pick nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu heard a familiar voice when he answered the phone the other day. It was Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. "I answered the phone and I didn't know what number it was," Ta'amu told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I answered it and was kind of star struck. I tried to play it cool. You hear his voice and you remember those Head & Shoulders commercials." Hensley's slant: It's says a lot about the locker room when veterans reach out to the rookies. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called first-round pick David DeCastro to congratulate him after being drafted. But DeCastro made the mistake of thinking Roethlisberger was the team's travel coordinator setting up his flight to Pittsburgh.
The Baltimore Ravens will only lose newly signed nose tackle Ryan McBean for three games, according to the Denver Post.

McBean had his original six-game suspension cut in half in exchange for dropping his lawsuit against the NFL, two sources told the Post. He was disciplined by the league for violating the league's performance enhancement policy, and he filed a lawsuit that accused the league of mishandling the test.

McBean's suspension will begin at the end of the Ravens' preseason and last through Sept. 23. A backup to Terrence Cody, McBean will miss games against the Bengals, Eagles and Patriots.

He started 21 games for the Broncos the past three seasons, but he had his restricted free agent tender rescinded last month after Denver signed Justin Bannan.

The six-year veteran was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft.
The Baltimore Ravens are taking a small gamble when it comes to the backup nose tackle position.

The Ravens announced Monday that they have signed Broncos free agent Ryan McBean, who has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. If the Ravens lose Terrence Cody for an extended period, they will have to turn to either McBean (who could be suspended until Oct. 14) or Maake Kemoeatu (who hasn't played a game since December 2010). Cody started all 16 games for the Ravens last season.

McBean is fighting the suspension and has filed a lawsuit against the NFL for mishandling the drug test. The reason the Ravens are giving McBean a second chance is because he's only 28, has experience as a starter (21 starts the past three seasons) and recorded a career-high four sacks last season.

The Broncos rescinded McBean's restricted free-agent tender last month after they signed former Ravens defensive tackle Justin Bannan. Baltimore has had to search for depth at this spot since losing Brandon McKinney to Chuck Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts.

In other Ravens news, the team announced cornerback Cary Williams signed his second-round restricted free-agent tender of $1.9 million. Baltimore is interested in signing Williams to a long-term deal. It's unknown when Williams plans to participate in the team's offseason workout program after undergoing offseason hip surgery. He was the Ravens' last restricted free agent to sign his tender.



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