Free agency, concussions, weight loss and attempted murder. Just your average offseason talk in the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: It's been a couple of days since Vonta Leach has appeared in this blog, and I'm sure you're wondering what is happening to your favorite former Ravens fullback. Leach's agent told Fox 26 in Houston that the Pro Bowl player is still deciding between five teams and no decision is imminent. "Nobody has been excluded," agent Ralph Vitolo said. "You have to put Miami, Houston and the Giants in the first three. Kansas City is also involved and Baltimore is included in this also. It's not out of the realm of possibility that he return to Baltimore."
BENGALS: Former Bengals strength coach Kim Wood is promoting preventative measures to reduce head injuries. "We're all pro football. Meaning, we are for the game of football," Wood told the team's official website. "Everybody starts talking about what to do after concussions. We're talking about cutting down the risks with preparation even before taking the field. The idea is to build muscle strength in such important places as the neck, shoulders and jaw so that it dissipates the forces."
STEELERS: Running back Isaac Redman is looking to play at a weight 10 to 15 pounds lighter than last season. Redman, who averaged a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry last year, is competing against rookie Le'Veon Bell and Jonathan Dwyer for the starting job. "I have started training and working out months ahead of schedule," Redman told the team's official website. "I am on a strict diet. I am trying to do my part to help the team get over the hump." Redman was listed at 230 pounds last season.
BROWNS: Ex-Browns linebacker Ausar Walcott pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey, according to the Associated Press. Walcott was released by Cleveland a few hours after he was arrested. He is accused of punching Derek Jones in the side of the head outside a club early Sunday morning. A prosecutor said Jones is in a medically induced coma at a New York hospital, where he's listed in critical condition.