- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend and is fully prepared for any prank heading their way on April Fools' Day. And remember Tony Romo signed his six-year, $108 million deal on March 29, so that actually did happen. Here's the other news and notes from the weekend in the latest edition of your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Running back Ray Rice is not a fan of the NFL's new rule which prohibits ball carriers from initiating forcible contact by delivering a blow with the crown of his helmet outside the tackle box. “I’m just telling you right now, there’s not going to be a guy that’s going to be able to get a free lick on me and think it’s alright," Rice told the team's official website. "I will defend my case, and I will defend myself as a runner."
BENGALS: Cornerback Terence Newman posted on Twitter that he's chosen to re-sign with the Bengals after recently visiting with the Raiders: "After much time and thought, I'm heading back to Cincy. And for those of you who think it was about money, the Raiders offered more." The Bengals haven't confirmed the move, but The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Newman agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal. This continues the Bengals' trend of re-signing their own free agents.
STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu believes players should get a vote on new NFL rules if the league is going to keep passing ones designed to make the game safer. "There's rule changes every year," Polamalu told ESPN. "I do wish, however, that the NFL did have a voice from the players' side, whether it's our players' union president, or team captains, or our executive committee on the players' side. Because we're the guys that realize the risk, we're the guys on the field." The NFL's competition committee did ask for player input on that rule before presenting the change to the owners, who approved it by a vote of 31-1.
BROWNS: The Browns were unable to land free-agent cornerback Brent Grimes, who signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Dolphins, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Cleveland was interested in Grimes, sending a a private jet to pick him up for his free-agent visit March 16. The Browns have a hole at one of their starting cornerback spots because Sheldon Brown is an unrestricted free agent. There has been concern over Grimes' health. He is still in the process of coming back from a season-ending Achilles injury.