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Marvin Lewis and Bengals Owner/GM Mike Brown May Be at Odds on Andy Dalton Extension

“More often than not you don’t win overpaying a guy,” [Brown] told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “With quarterbacks there is another dilemma. With a fixed cap there is a certain amount of money and no more. You allocate that on a quarterback you have less to hand out to everybody else. It can cause attrition.”

Brown said later in that interview that he’d like to get the deal done, but “doesn’t know if we are going to be able to or not.” Lewis, however, appears to be pushing more strongly to get the deal done sooner rather than later.

Dalton’s inconsistent play makes it difficult to evaluate him.





Mike Pettine calls Derek Carr the ‘best natural thrower in draft’

Pettine called Fresno State’s Derek Carr the “best natural thrower in draft,” said Texas A&Ms Johnny Manziel is “a gifted playmaker,” called Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater “extremely accurate, cerebral” and “NFL-ready” and said of UCF’s Blake Bortles, “If you said, ‘Draw me an NFL quarterback,’ that’s probably who you’d draw.”

Pettine also said the Browns could draft more than one quarterback and that he wouldn’t have a problem starting a rookie at the position.

With only Brian Hoyer (ACL) and trick-shot QB Alex Tanney currently on the roster, the Browns are likely to draft a QB.





NFL analysts Riddick, Dukes complimentary of new Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah

“I like the deal for the Ravens. Jeremy’s a perfect fit for them,” said former Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Louis Riddick, an ESPN analyst. “Based on what Gary Kubiak wants to do with a lot of bootlegs, waggles, designed roll-outs and an outside zone running game, that all plays right to Jeremy’s strengths. He’s very athletic. He can execute cut-off blocks, get to the second level, pull and finish with aggressiveness.

The Ravens should draft another interior lineman with Kelechi Osemele’s back issues.





Steelers Markus Wheaton had surgery on a finger this offseason

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told Fox Sports 1 reporter Alex Marvez and NFL reporter Adam Caplan Wheaton had “minor post-season finger surgery,” presumably a second surgery on the finger he broke in Week 4 in a loss to Minnesota.

Whether he broke the same finger twice that has since been surgically repaired twice, or some combination of breaks and surgeries on two fingers, it sounds like it [is difficult] for Wheaton.

At this point, Wheaton will be given every opportunity to earn a starting role.



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