Nine days before the draft, the Cleveland Browns addressed their situation at kicker but they still face questions about the FBI descending on the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, which is run by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. More on that in today's wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Caleb Hanie, a backup quarterback for the Bears and Broncos, is expected to sign with the Ravens, according to ESPN Chicago. He will compete against Tyrod Taylor for the No. 2 job behind Joe Flacco. Hanie, 27, has made four starts in his five-year NFL career (going 0-4) with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Last season, he didn't throw a pass as the No. 3 quarterback in Denver. Also, starting defensive end Arthur Jones wasn't harmed after his car was got pushed into a ditch after being struck by another vehicle, his agent told The Baltimore Sun. "This could have been a nightmare of epic proportions," agent Joe Panos said. "Arthur doesn't have a scratch on him." Jones posted a picture of his car on Twitter.
BENGALS: As the Bengals kicked off their voluntary workout program, much of the talk was on a player who wasn't there. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, talks resumed with linebacker James Harrison on Monday and a deal could be struck at any time. The Cincinnati players would welcome their former rival. “He hates the Steelers now, and that’s somebody we need on our side of the football,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. Harrison would replace Manny Lawson, who signed with the Buffalo Bills last month.
STEELERS: The agent for Emmanuel Sanders told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the wide receiver may opt to play out this season with the Steelers and then decide to sign somewhere else next year. "We had several teams make offers in [restricted] free agency so we know there are teams who really like Emmanuel," agent Jordan Woy said. The Steelers matched the New England Patriots' one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet to Sanders and hope to sign him to a long-term deal. Woy said Sanders is open to discussing an extension but it would take "a very good deal" for him to sign it.
BROWNS: Veteran kicker Shayne Graham was signed to a one-year, $940,000 contract, the Browns announced Monday night. He will compete against Brandon Bogotay as Cleveland looks to replace Phil Dawson. Graham, 35, has kicked for five teams (the New York Giants, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans) since a seven-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-09. I will have more on this signing later in the morning.
In other news, federal agents locked down the Tennessee headquarters of the family business run by Haslam on Monday in what the FBI described as "ongoing investigation." In a statement, Haslam said: "The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us they are investigating Pilot Flying J. We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own," Haslam said, via The Plain Dealer. "I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job number one." A spokesman for the FBI's Knoxville office said the investigation involves the FBI and the IRS but he couldn't comment on the nature of it.