The offseason is in full swing for the AFC North as players are at the Pro Bowl, and coaches are scouting at the Senior Bowl. The Steelers chose an interesting prospect for their first official meeting. Ravens running back Justin Forsett is looking to help those in need during his offseason. Browns tight end Gary Barnidge parlayed his breakout season into a trip to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, but is he a one year wonder?
- Baltimore met with an Alabama linebacker at the Senior Bowl
- Ravens get split up in Pro Bowl
- Justin Forsett looks to help out in Flint
- Browns continue to build an unconventional front office
- Gary Barnidge joins two other Browns in Hawaii
The Browns are not a team that has earned the benefit of the doubt. The Browns have continually found failure in a vast majority of their decisions for over a decade. Now it looks like they've decided being conventional isn't for them. The Browns have had a controversial offseason so far as it comes to building their front office. They started with putting Sashi Brown in charge of player personnel, giving him the final say on the roster. Then they brought in Paul DePodesta, famous for bringing "Moneyball" to the MLB. They put these two in charge of building the team despite their minimal experience doing such a thing in the NFL. More recently, the Browns hired Andrew Berry, former pro scouting coordinator for the Colts, as their Vice President of Player Personnel. The title is essentially a long way of saying he's the GM without the GM power. Chris Pokorny of Dawgs by Nature explains the situation:
Haslam stated that the person's primary role would be "talent evaluation." Sashi Brown, the executive vice president of football operations, later clarified that it would actually be a "vice president of player personnel" position.
Well the Browns haven't found success with the traditional route, as far as the the front office goes, so maybe switching it up might yield some results for them. The only thing we can all do is stand back and see if the Browns can dig any deeper than rock bottom.
- Steelers meet with a quarterback at Senior Bowl
- Cortez Allen may be looking for a new team during the offseason
- Steelers' fans will only have one player to root for in the Pro Bowl
Landry Jones still has one year left on his current contract, but every other quarterback in the system is now a free agent, Bruce Gradkowski and Mike Vick. The team clearly liked what they saw from Jones in 2015 in relief, and might be looking to draft a young quarterback to possibly be the No. 3 quarterback, and take over the No. 2 duties when Jones' current contract expires.