Darnold Pro-Day


Owner Jimmy Haslam was among the Browns contingent at Sam Darnold’s pro day, as the team ponders taking him with the first overall pick in the draft.  Dardold received favorable reviews from analysts for his footwork, arm strength and accuracy.


Steelers Add Defensive Help


The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent safety Morgan Burnett to a three-year, $14.5 million deal.  During eight seasons with Green Bay, Burnett has played linebacker, slot corner and both safety positions.  Scouts predict Burnett will probably be a strong safety in Pittsburgh, which would allow Sean Davis to slide to free safety.


Browns Making Moves


The Browns are expected to sign former Ohio State and 49ers running back Carlos Hyde to a three-year, $15 million deal.  Hyde ran for 940 yards with eight touchdowns last year. The Cleveland Browns agreed to sign offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, who played the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Hubbard, who was Pittsburgh’s sixth offensive lineman, has mainly played right tackle.  The Browns also will add ex Broncos offensive lineman Donald Stephenson, primarily as a depth player. 


Shazier Plans To Play Football Again


Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier said he plans to play football again.  25-year-old Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery December 6 and has been in a wheelchair, but is making progress in his rehab.  He said all of his football goals are still in front of him.


Tag IS Option Will Bell


Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert said the franchise tag is an option with running back Le’Veon Bell, but the goal is to have something done on a long-term basis.  If Bell is tagged again this year, it is projected to fall somewhere around $14.5 million.


Steelers Exploring Ben and Bell’s Contracts


Steelers’ president Art Rooney II said the team will explore extending quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s contract, and want to sign running back Le’Veon Bell to a long-term deal this offseason.  Big Ben has two years left on his current contract and Bell wants to complete a deal before February 20…the first day teams can designate franchise tags.


Shazier Discharged From UPMC


Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier was discharged from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and will transition to outpatient care.  Yesterday, Shazier posted pictures of him standing with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.