By Tuesday, teams will have to be under the salary cap, restricted free agents will get their tenders and unrestricted free agents will be able to sign with anyone. As we wait for the mayhem to start, here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Running back Bernard Pierce, perhaps the best of last year's rookie class for the Ravens, told The Baltimore Sun that he has recovered from a series of injuries, which included a bone bruise in his knee. Pierce didn't have to undergo any surgical procedures, so he can focus on getting physically ready for next season. "I'm looking for the same outcome, just a little better," Pierce said. "I feel like I did good for my first year. Next year, I'm going to try to do a lot better. The stats will speak for themselves at the end of the day." Pierce gained 202 yards in the playoffs after running for 532 yards in the regular season.
BENGALS: The Bengals signed running back Cedric Peerman, a special-teams standout who could have become a free agent next week, to a two-year deal. He had two long runs off fake punts last season. He also carried 34 times for 178 yards. The team also tendered contracts to safety Jeromy Miles (a $1.3 million first-right-of-refusal offer for a restricted free agent) and to two exclusive-rights free agents, receiver Andrew Hawkins and linebacker Vincent Rey. “All four of these guys have made significant contributions to us reaching the playoffs each of the last two years," coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement, via the team's official website. “They are players we want to retain, and this (tender process) is a step in that direction.”
STEELERS: Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't see the Steelers drafting a quarterback any higher than the fifth round. As Dulac points out, that's been the time that the Steelers have decided to look for a developmental quarterback, taking Dennis Dixon (2008), Brian St. Pierre (2003) and Tee Martin (2000) in the fifth round. The Steelers went with veterans Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich as Ben Roethlisberger's backups last season. This could be the year when Pittsburgh goes with a younger quarterback at that spot, or at least at No. 3.
BROWNS: The Plain Dealer speculated that the Browns could go after free agent Louis Vasquez to take over at left guard for Jason Pinkston, who missed the final 10 games last season after having a blood clot in his lung. The paper reported that the Browns are uncertain whether Pinkston will return. Vasquez, a massive lineman at 6-feet-4, 330 pounds, started for new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in San Diego for the past four seasons. He turns 26 next month and is entering the prime of his career.