Bengals talking extensions with Domata Peko, Vontaze Burfict, A.J. Green and Andy Dalton
Peko enters 2014 with a $3.965 million base salary and a cap hit of $4.165 million. It only made sense that the Bengals extend Peko a couple of seasons [to] reduce his cap number while keeping one of the team’s core defensive players for a couple of more seasons.
Vontaze Burfict, who signed a three-year deal worth $1.441 million following the 2012 NFL draft, is entering the final year of his deal. He’ll become a restricted free agent in 2015, but figure no tender could possibly exist that will keep him away from teams trying to pry him away with a ridiculous offer sheet.
After signing Mike Pollack to a three year deal yesterday, the Bengals continue to actively sign their own players. Green and Dalton’s deals are likely to take some time, however.
Alex Mack ready to test free agency market
“My time in Cleveland was interesting to say the least,” Mack told USA TODAY Sports. “It was never boring. But there is no guarantee anywhere you go. It’s not a given what happens in Cleveland now or for any other team.”
“[Meeting Haslam, Farmer, Pettine, Shanahan and OL coach Andy Moeller] went really well. I think they liked what they heard from me or they wouldn’t have tagged me. It’s nice to possibly play in a system that fits your skill set and sets you up for success. That’s what I got from that meeting.”
“[We] are going to take the very same approach as if he was an unrestricted free agent,” Mack’s agent, Tim Younger of Younger & Associates, said. “We’ll determine what we see are good fits when it comes to the teams. And vice versa.”
Under the transition tag, Mack would currently earn $10.039 million on a one year deal. If a team makes Mack an offer, the Browns have five days to match the offer. Mack does not plan to sign the tender, so he’ll be able to negotiate with teams at the start of free agency on March 11. The Buccaneers and Colts have coaches with strong ties to Mack.
Ravens trying to retain players
The Ravens aren’t close in negotiations with offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, and he’s expected to test free agency barring a major gap being bridged in the next few days. The Ravens have also made an offer to middle linebacker Daryl Smith, but no deal is imminent.
“It stands in negotiations with all of those guys right now,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got offers out to all of those guys, aggressive offers. Ozzie and Pat are dealing with the agents,” Harbaugh said.
“And if things don’t happen before Tuesday, then we’re going to have to build a team the way we build it in other directions. We want to keep our guys, and we want our guys to be here just like Dennis. We want to keep those guys.”
Monroe and Smith are two of the key free agents the Ravens need to re-sign. Oher, Jacoby Jones, Corey Graham and Art Jones are other notable free agents.
Mike Evans And Pittsburgh Steelers Are Perfect Match
Mike Evans (Texas A&M) is easily the second-best receiver in this draft and there are no shortage of NFL teams that will line up for his services after Watkins is off the board.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense is missing something, and Evans brings exactly what they need. Evans is more of a big red zone target, and that’s exactly what the Steelers need to take their offense to the next level.
Throw in the fact that Evans is one of the most physical receivers in this draft, and the fact that his speed is actually pretty decent, and you have all the makings of a great receiver.
Evans helped his stock with his performance at the Combine. The Steelers have also been linked to some of the top-ranked CBs in the first round. Depending on how the first round unfolds, the Steelers may have their pick of both Evans and Dennard or Gilbert when the pick.