While the Steelers extended the deal of head coach Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh will not currently be renewing the contract of linebacker Lamarr Woodley. He will play out the final year of his rookie contract for an estimated $550,000. CBSSports.com says that this is seen somewhat as a reflection of the uncapped season although the Steelers have a history of high turnover with linebackers.
T.O., ever the one to complain, is reinforcing to the press that he has never been the subject of league disciplinary action for off field conduct unlike some of the leagues "golden boys." Yahoo!Sports says that this comes no doubt, as a means to spur contract negotiations for the as yet unsigned free agent. Somehow, actually catching passes and not filming a reality show might be better means to a negotiations for a contract.
The Jacksonville Jag's acquire another newbie in DE Austen Lane, inking the player to a four year contract. Lane, a fifth round draft pick out of Murray State, will join fellow rookie DE Larry Hart in Florida this season according to CBSSports.com. Lane continues a long line of standout defensive ends from Murray State that also includes…well…we'll get back to you on that legacy.
Per CBSSports.com, Raiders owner Al Davis chimed in on the death Tuesday of close friend, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The long-time owner called the sports giant "a warrior" with "an unparalleled commitment to excellence."
You read it on the message board last week, but Rex reigns with the fans. In addition to heading up HBO's Hard Knocks for the Jets training camp this season, head coach Rex Ryan is scheduled to write a book; half autobiography half football strategy due out next year. No confirmation on if New England is spying on the copy writer or not…Yep, we went there.
San Diego Charger's team doctor, Dr. David Chao, reportedly had his office raided by federal drug enforcement officials after it was discovered that Chao had written 108 prescriptions to himself since mid 2008. Writing of self-subscriptions is a violation of controlled substances regulations, according to NBCSports.com. No word on if Chao's office wrote the prescription for whatever someone was smoking when the franchise decided to trade Drew Brees…Yep, we went there too.
The Raven's have released a new autograph policy for training camp this year, stating the only autographs that will be allowed will be following completion of morning practice. In other words, an autograph session will not follow afternoon practice and only to those fans between the ages of 6-15.They claim safety as their reasoning for the restrictions. In other news, the Raiders will be serving "Purple Drank" at concession stands at training camp, this year.
Lauren Benson pens the AFC Notebook.