A report from NFL Network that the Pittsburgh Steelers are about to release Hines Ward to save $4 million under the salary cap is apparently news to the veteran receiver. Ward, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, put a response on his Facebook page that read, “I don’t normally like to respond to rumors, but as I’ve said all along, I want to finish my career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And as I’ve already told the organization, I am willing to work with them to restructure my contract to make sure this happens.”
The focus has been on the Saints re-signing Drew Brees, Carl Nicks and Marques Colston, but they need to give Jimmy Graham a raise. After two seasons in the NFL, Graham has become one of the top two or three top tight ends in the league. He is playing on the four-year contract he agreed to as third-round choice which is for four years with an average salary of $613,750.
Lynn was fired as Philadelphia’s defensive backs coach at the end of the 2011 season after the Eagles failed to match the high expectations that came with having cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel in the secondary. Lynn has previously worked as a secondary coach in San Francisco, Baltimore and Tampa Bay and also was defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2002 and 2003.
Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson feels confident enough about his future with the Saints that he went ahead and recently bought a house in New Orleans. Probably a good move. After struggling with an early-season injury, Johnson worked his way into the rotation and seemed to score points with the coaching staff.
Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David had two great seasons the last two years. In 2011 he had 122 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. David has made clutch plays in at least four games in 2011 and is very quick. The only thing that would be a downside for him is his weight which hovers around 225-230 lbs. Miami University linebacker Sean Spence is a player that has the phrase “always around the football” attached to him. Like David, Spence is quick and has good instincts when breaking a play down.