The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette acknowledges that the Steelers are unlikely to re-sign impending free agent receiver Wallace, who turned off some in the front office and the coaching staff with last year’s holdout. Head coach Mike Tomlin also demoted Wallace to “co-starter” with Emmanuel Sanders in November. The former Pro Bowler will still command a large contract with whomever he signs with. Wallace reportedly turned down an offer for five-years, $50 million last offseason.
The Baltimore Ravens are still celebrating their magical run to claim the franchises’ second Super Bowl title since coming to Baltimore. As for the 2013 season, the Ravens will be hosting the 2013 NFL opener in a Thursday night game on September 5th, and the Baltimore Sun believes the two likeliest opponents will be the New England Patriots, whom they defeated in the AFC Championship, or the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers:
The New England Patriots: Coached by Bill Belichick and quarterbacked by Tom Brady, the Patriots have faced the Ravens in the AFC championship each of the past two years, winning last season and losing this season as Baltimore advanced to the Super Bowl and defeated the San Francisco 49ers. Patriots vs. Ravens is a ratings bonanza for the league, so this is the most obvious selection and likely to happen.
The Pittsburgh Steelers: This is the hardest-hitting rivalry in the NFL, filled with the kind of physical blocking and tackling these two East Coast cities have come to expect, and the league loves matching up meaningful divisional games early and late in the season.
The Ravens and Steelers have advanced to three of the past five Super Bowl with each team winning one.
The Cleveland Browns have released defensive end Frostee Rucker, who signed a 5-year, $20.5 million deal last offseason. The Browns gave Rucker a $5 million signing bonus last March, so they’ll absorb a salary cap hit of around $1.5 million in order to release him. He was the 52nd-rated 4-3 defensive end this season (-9.5), according to Pro Football Focus.
New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said last month that the team is exploring the possibility of changes to its uniforms. ESPN did a preview of what their new uniforms should look like.