Ben Roethlisberger: Record-Breaking Super Bowl Wins Better Than Huge Contract

Although quarterbacks around the league are getting big contracts, Pittsburgh Steelers veteran Ben Roethlisberger apparently isn’t concerned about getting a new deal.

I have two years on my contract. I’m not going to be one to sit here and worry about my contract, the quarterback said Sunday, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. That’s not my job. My job is to play football. I’ll let my representation, the Steelers worry about all that stuff. To me, it’s all about going out and playing now. 

Roethlisberger has a $23.2 million cap hit for 2018, which ranks ninth in the NFL among quarterbacks, per Spotrac.

Meanwhile, Roethlisberger might not even need another contract as a 36-year-old who has threatened retirement in the past. The Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round this offseason, and he could serve as a potential replacement under center down the line.

They’re set to rank sixth, sixth, and eighth at the position over the next three years, per Spotrac, and it’s not surprising that Jones would rather be paid like the best receiver in the NFL. So, he’s holding out. Fortunately for the Falcons, coach Dan Quinn says that the team and the star wideout have been talking dollars and cents. The good news is that there are conversations that have begun, Quinn said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

We’ll keep those private. I have a lot of faith in the organization and also in Julio that things will get resolved with good communications. I’m sure that’ll be a part of it as well.

While former NFL agent and CBS Sports contributor Joel Corry thinks we should expect to see more minicamp holdouts like Jones’ (and that of Seahawks safety Earl Thomas ) in the future, it’s not likely that every team will be as eager to pay those players as the Falcons appear to be.

Brandon Graham not sweating contract extension

Brandon Graham wants a new deal. He has made that clear.

But the Eagles defensive end knows if he plays well, the contract will take care of itself.

Pederson, asked about the fans’ support in general, replied: We have the greatest fans in the NFL… Our true fans, they’re beside us, we’re beside them. We love everything about the people who come and watch us and support us, whether it’s in training camp or in the stadium. I can’t say enough good things about what our fans have done for us. The support, the love we felt all offseason and we continue to feel.

Nobody was talking about it, Pederson said. Nobody. It’s over. It’s behind us. We’re moving on.

The NFL’s daily transaction report brings word that Pittsburgh has signed tackle Bryce Harris and tight end Ryan Malleck. The team also placed tackle Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jake McGee on injured reserve.

Hawkins tore his quad last week, which is also when McGee tore his Achilles.

Harris has played 37 of his 38 career games with the Saints with the first 34 coming from 2012-2014 and the last three coming last season after much bouncing between teams in the intervening years. He gives the team an experienced option to take over swing tackle duties from Hawkins, although they also drafted Chukwuma Okorafor in the third round this year.

Malleck spent February-May with the Steelers last year and moved on to stints with the Ravens and Texans. He played in the final two games of the year for Houston and caught one pass for three yards.

Belichick typically doesn’t offer thick compliments about new players, especially at this early stage.

Last year in Oakland, Patterson scored twice off gadget runs (including a 47-yard jaunt). For his career, he’s tallied six rushing TDs, five kick-return TDs and seven receiving TDs — the type of versatility that you’d imagine would spin the creative wheel in Belichick’s brain.

Yet after acknowledging the importance of the learning curve for Patterson shortly after the trade in March, he seemed relatively pleased with this week’s progress.

All the players that have been here this spring have improved and worked hard to make progress, Belichick said. He’s certainly in that group. Glad we have him. He’s good to work with. He’s a talented player.

On Wednesday, we rolled out our predictions for team MVPs in the AFC. Now it’s the NFC’s turn. A reminder: Don’t @ me. Everything I’ve written here will be proven this autumn to be a 100 percent accurate and unimpeachable piece of springtime professional football analysis. To the list…

So long as Belichick, Brady, and Gronk are around, the Patriots are going to remain atop the AFC. For all of the drama that reportedly consumed their facility last season, they still journeyed all the way to the Super Bowl. Brady and Gronk will be back for mandatory minicamp, will be there for training camp and the preseason, and will proceed to tear up the rest of the NFL from September to January.

That’s just the way it works. Everything else is just offseason noise. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a very real conflict between Brady and Belichick. It just means that talent almost always finds a way to matter more once the real football begins. Brady is still the game’s best quarterback. And Belichick is still the game’s greatest coach.

One week after NFL owners stunned many by agreeing on a new policy to fine teams if their players do not stand for the national anthem, a SurveyMonkey poll conducted exclusively for Yahoo Finance finds that a slight majority of adults approve of the policy. Under the new policy, players can choose to stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem, but if they come out on the field they must stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. SurveyMonkey surveyed 1,795 U.S. adults online on May 24 and May 25, and found that 54% approveof the new policy. 43% disapprove, and 3% skipped the question.

Ravens’ Harbaugh: Safe tackling norm for most

eagles_333 coach John Harbaugh fully supports the the NFL’s new rule against using the helmet to tackle, but he believes it will only be an adjustment for a small number of teams. We already coach that way to get it out of the game,Harbaugh said. I think 95 percent of the coaches in this league coach that way, and the other 5 percent have to get on board.Under the new rule, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.

Keep moving.

The steroid he’s taking to shrink the polyps, Prednisone, still hasn’t kicked in. His sense of smell is completely gone. And breathing…yeah, Lewis can’t breathe worth a s–t.

The good news? Next month, Lewis will undergo surgery to remove the polyps. He hopes they stay away. The bad news? Even if they do, this is only one small battle of a much bigger war.

Coach Mike McCarthy, who said that procedure is likely to occur midweek, joked Monday that Matthews needs to work on his off-hand, mitt-side. That’s what the tape showed me.

The mood was light Monday, but on Saturday Matthews acknowledged that the injury, suffered on the drive by offensive lineman Lucas Patrick, could have been much more serious, as video clearly showed.

Matthews and Davante Adams were each coaching a side, with Adams taking over the game formerly organized by Jordy Nelson, who now is with the Raiders. The game continued after Matthews’s departure, with a batting practice pitcher’s net placed between the mound and the batter’s box.

It was scary, Adams said (via the Wisconsin State Journal). You hear a little crack, and I didn’t know what it was. You never want to watch something like that unfold. He didn’t seem like he was doing too bad, but I know it definitely didn’t feel good.