LATROBE, Pa. -- The first stop on the AFC North blog training camp tour starts with the reigning AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Players are scheduled to report by 3 p.m. ET, and will have the always-fun conditioning drills later this evening.
There will be a lot to look forward to this weekend with the Steelers. They've had an interesting offseason, to say the least. Here are a few early notes from Pittsburgh and other teams throughout the division:
Pittsburgh officially announced the release of veteran offensive tackle Max Starks and wide receiver Antwaan Randle-El. The Steelers have several tough decisions to make to get under the salary cap. And these were the first two casualties.
Among the first players to show on Thursday were nose tackle Casey Hampton, linebacker Lawrence Timmons and center Doug Legursky. Players, naturally, were asked about the explosive comments made recently by linebacker James Harrison. "He's going to say what he wants to say," Hampton said. "But I know one thing: On Sundays, he's going to be ready to play, and that's all that matters."
Also, in terms of draft picks, the Cincinnati Bengals have reached an agreement with No. 4 overall pick A.J. Green. In addition, the Baltimore Ravens reportedly have reached deals with all of their draft picks with the exception of first-rounder Jimmy Smith and third-rounder Jah Reid.