Since the players and coaches are returning this week from their vacations, I decided that it was time for me to do the same. As far as my training camp schedule goes, I will be heading out to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday for their first media availability. Next week, I will head out to Cincinnati to visit the Bengals. The plan is to hit the Browns and Steelers after that. Here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Corey Graham went from a Pro Bowl special-teams player to a starting cornerback in the Super Bowl in his first season with the Ravens. Now, Graham, who turns 28 this week, would like to finish his career in Baltimore. "It's a great place to play football," Graham told The Baltimore Sun. "They take care of the players. They support their players. The fans are great. It's a great place to be. It's amazing." Graham is due $2.05 million in the final year of a two-year contract with the Ravens.
BENGALS: This may be the Bengals' deepest roster in coach Marvin Lewis' 11 seasons with the team, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think you are always encouraged to have some depth at our positions. We have some great competition at most positions,” Lewis said. “We have an experienced team to play with urgency at the end of the year. Your concerns always are being able to work through the injuries that you know are going to happen and being able to fill in and have other guys step up.”
STEELERS: Pittsburgh's tight ends are still on the road to recovery. Heath Miller sat out all of the offseason camps after tearing knee ligaments at the end of last season, and David Paulson was slowed during minicamp with nagging injuries. David Johnson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the preseason opener, is also a question mark. “I'm about 85 to 90 percent," Johnson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It continues to get better and better each day. I'm coming out to work in hopes of getting the feel back. Every day, something knew comes back to normal."
BROWNS: Linebacker Barkevious Mingo became the last first-round pick in the AFC North to sign when the No. 6 overall pick reached a fully guaranteed four-year deal Sunday morning worth a little more than $16 million. It also includes a $10.7 million signing bonus. In doing so, the Browns got the "offset language" that they wanted, which allows the team to save money on guaranteed portions of a contract if the player is released and signs with another team. In exchange for the offset language, Mingo will receive his entire signing bonus between now and the end of the year, a league source told The Plain Dealer.