- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's officially 30 days until the NFL draft. But there is also another date to remember, especially for Steelers fans. We'll get to that in the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Linebacker Terrell Suggs told The Baltimore Sun that he declined have surgery on torn right biceps for a reason. "The doctor gave me the option of having surgery but if I did it was going to take three to four months before I could begin training," Suggs said. "He didn't say I needed it, so I've already begun training. The coaches are aware of that." This is good news for the Ravens. Suggs has had a reputation for not being the hardest working player in the offseason. Now, being in a leadership role, players are going to take their cues from him.
BENGALS: Cornerback Terence Newman thought he would sign with either the Bengals or Raiders by the end of last week. That didn't happen because Newman is still trying to reach his agent. On his Twitter account, Newman posted (and since took down) this message: "If anyone sees Ben Dogra of CAA, tell him I'd like him to get my deal finalized so if he could call me it would be appreciated." Meanwhile, the Bengals are planning to roll over $10 million of this year's salary cap into next season, according to the team's official website. Why? The Bengals are giving themselves more breathing room in 2014 to prepare for extensions for such players as Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, both of whom are entering the final years of their rookie deals.
STEELERS: The Steelers will find out whether the Patriots are really interested in restricted free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in 24 days. As Field Yates of ESPN Boston pointed out, April 19 is the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet. If New England does so, the Steelers have five days to match the offer or receive the Patriots' 2013 third-round pick. The Patriots could be waiting for the Steelers to use up more of their $2.5 million remaining cap room, which would further reduce Pittsburgh's chances of trying to match the offer. Or the Patriots could simply be passing on Sanders.
BROWNS: Cowboys free-agent outside linebacker Victor Butler left his visit with the Browns without a deal and headed to Philadelphia, his fourth free-agent visit this offseason. The Plain Dealer reported that the Browns could still possibly sign Butler, who had three sacks for Dallas last season. The Browns also announced they signed cornerback Kevin Barnes to a one-year deal. He played two games last season before being cut by the Lions and sat out the rest of the season. Barnes joins Chris Owens as backup cornerbacks signed by the Browns this offseason.