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.
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.
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.
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.