Steelers hopeful they can get Bell deal before March 6
Like most General Managers at the Scouting Combine, Pittsburgh’s Kevin Colbert is doing his most important work with guys already in the league rather than the prospects.
Colbert has met with the representatives for free agent-to-be running back Le’Veon Bell while in Indianapolis, and seemed optimistic about what he heard.
Gettleman, it should be noted, as the Panthers general manager a year ago took multi-faceted running back Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick.
Asked if he views Barkley as a skilled receiving threat, Shurmur said, Oh yeah.
Looking for flaws in the 233-pound Barkley is akin to lamenting San Diego’s weather as too predictable. Sure, Barkley’s rushing total in 2017 (1,271 yards) dipped slightly from 2016 (1,496 yards) and at times he seems more interested in his moves and jukes rather than north-south running. Consider this nitpicking to make sure you put something in the weaknesses column.
Dimitroff has kept contact with Ryan throughout the process, although the actual negotiating has been between Dimitroff and agent Tom Condon.
With agents, we’re very mindful: We don’t want to muddy the waters, Dimitroff said. Ultimately … [Ryan’s] a team guy. There’s no illegalities about talking to Matt Ryan — myself or Dan Quinn. Of course we’ve had a talk here or there about the future. But as far as getting involved and trying to push wedges into a negotiation, no, because we have a good working relationship with Tom Condon and CAA. So I’m not concerned about that.
The broader question the time element whether it will be objective or subjective, and whether if it’s subjective it will be subject to replay review.
It’s a critical aspect of the catch rule, and it’s been as problematic for the league in recent years as the survive the ground component.
The NFL free agency period starts Monday: Here are five players the Giants could make pursue:
Patrick Robinson, CB, Eagles
The definition of a well-traveled player (four teams in four years) could be on the move again, coming off a career-year (four interceptions) in Philadelphia as a slot corner. He is 30 years old and could replace Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, if the Giants opt to part ways for more salary cap space. Shurmur saw him cut across the field on a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown against his Vikings in the NFC championship.