The AFC Notebook

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Apparently, the "S" in USC stands for settlement…The Tennessee Titans are suing the University of Southern California and head coach Lane Kiffin for stealing assistant running backs coach Kennedy Pola a week before training camp opens. The lawsuit accuses USC and Kiffin of violating Pola's contract that required him to have written permission from the Titans prior to discussions about a job with anyone other than the Titans.

Reports from Bengals camp on Monday state that the team has discussed a contract with former Bills receiver and current free agent Terrell Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Bengals passed on the chance to sign T.O. after a tryout in March, but seem more interested now that T.O. is a free agent. If Owens accepts the offer, the Bengals would lead the league in reality show stars...not to mention arrest warrants for the rest of their team.

New Orleans Saints' second-round draft choice Charles Brown has signed a contract for a four-year deal on Monday with the team in time for the left tackle to report for training camp. Brown is a 6-foot-5, 297-pounds, and was the 64th overall selection in last April's the NFL draft following a standout career at the University of Southern California. We hope that Lucy doesn't pull the ball away from him this time.

Yahoo! Sports reported that the Ravens and DT Terrence Cody have agreed on four-year contract, Cody, a second-round pick from Alabama, is 6'4 and 349 pounds, having started all 14 games for the national champions in 2009. Cody is expected to begin his professional football career starting alongside NT Kelly Gregg. Cody's draft stock plummeted with a poor showing at the combine last spring.

While contract negotiations between the New England Patriots and star QB Tom Brady are still ongoing, an unnamed source stated to ESPN on Sunday night that a deal may be "within reach." Brady is signed through this season and will earn $3.5 million in base salary. The player has already received a $3 million roster bonus and is expected to get another supermodel girlfriend as part of his incentive package.

In Denver, reports are that the Broncos have agreed to terms on a rookie contract with wide receiver Eric Decker. The team's third-round pick, Decker will receive a $732,150 signing bonus when he formally puts pen to paper on Tuesday. The maximum value of Decker's deal is estimated to be $4.8 million, per NBCSports.com.

In Pittsburgh, after the Steelers cautiously tested the trade market, it appears the coaching staff will have to attempt to reintegrate Ben Roethlisberger into their lineup. The team, the town, and now it seems the NFL does not want anything to do with the tarnished QB following a second allegation of sexual assault in a six month period. Roethlisberger has been suspended for the first four games of this NFL season, so the team is preparing backup and former TB Buccaneers bust Byron Leftwich to fill Big Ben's shoes for the first month, per NBCSports.com. Before the NFL Draft in April, the Steelers were hoping to swap their quarterback for a first round pick. We're sure Al Davis must have considered it, right?

Lauren Benson writes the weekly AFC Notebook.


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