Chris Crocker feels Andy Dalton could benefit from mentor in backup role
“That’s something that really think Andy is missing is that sort of mentor,” Crocker said. “Coaches can tell you one thing and they can say what they’ve seen and situations they’ve been in, but it’s different coming from an older guy. At the least I’d like to see that happen for him to have a real mentor.”
Crocker said he still feels the Bengals are Dalton’s team and he can be successful. He just thinks a veteran presence could help Dalton improve by having an experienced set of eyes to bounce ideas off of.
While Dalton has improved every season, and has generally played well when you look at the season as a whole, he continues to struggle for stretches, particularly in the playoffs. He goes through a bout of fantastic play followed by a streak of sub-par performances. A veteran mentor might help Andy remain more level.
Cornerback Aaron Berry visits with the Cleveland Browns
After multiple arrests and a serious knee injury, he’s looking to jump start his playing career, perhaps with the Browns. The New York Post reported Berry visited with the club on Monday.
The Browns are searching for help at cornerback, and reportedly were interested in the high-profile likes of Darrelle Revis, who signed with New England, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who landed with the New York Giants.
If the Browns are considering the 25-year-old Berry, who missed all last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, it likely would be in a reserve role.
Pettine coached Berry in 2012, when he was the Jets’ defensive coordinator. After playing in only 19 games in four seasons due to both injury and off the field issues, and being out of football all of last season because of a torn ACL, Berry isn’t a great option. The Browns need someone with more upside.
Ex-Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion joins the Packers
The Packers brought Guion in for a visit Sunday and finalized the deal today. The Ravens hadn’t made Guion a major offer or brought him in for a visit. The New England Patriots were also interested in the 6-foot-4, 303-pounder.
Guion, 26, could have been a fit for the Ravens’ defensive line rotation after Arthur Jones signed a five-year, $33 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
Guion had 21 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 13 starts last season for the Vikings. The former Florida State player has 89 career tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
The Ravens need depth on the defensive line, and will likely draft someone in May. In other news, OL Zach Strief is expected to reach a deal with the Saints. The Ravens also lack proven depth on the offensive line.
Alex Carrington leaves Oakland without a contract, reportedly heading to St. Louis
Carrington looks like a great fit [for Pittsburgh, Carrington’s first visit], on paper. A long, powerful pass rusher who can hold up well against the run, Carrington could be used inside or out, depending on the situation. He could start in their base defense, opposite Cameron Heyward, flanking Steve McLendon, making for an athletic and powerful set of down linemen.
Still, no further report has surfaced putting Carrington back in Pittsburgh. With the Steelers’ cap situation dwindling, that ship may already have sailed.
James Harrison wants to return to Pittsburgh. James Starks expected back with the Packers. James Jones considered the Steelers; signs with Oakland.