Links: Matt Elam to negotiate his own deal

July, 10, 2013
7/10/13
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Baltimore Ravens

First-rounder Matt Elam has no plans to hire an agent and will negotiate his own rookie contract, according to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

Will Joe Flacco continue in 2013 to perform like an elite QB, like he did in last season's playoffs? Phil Gentile of Purple Reign doesn't think so. Gentile: "I feel like Flacco will continue his up-and-down play in the regular season in 2013. Sorry. Does this make me a Flacco 'hater?' I don't really care. He's been an up-and-down quarterback in every regular season of his career. Why would that change now? Of course, if he continues to excel in the playoffs (and I think he will) then who really cares what he does in the regular season?"

Cincinnati Bengals

Without a long-term deal, Michael Johnson is set to play this season under the franchise tag. He opened up about his contract situation in an interview with Sirius NFL Radio. Johnson: “I’m the right defensive end and I’ll play in every game and do my best for the team. I can’t worry about that and prepare myself day in and day out. There is no ill will on either side, it’s a business. They have to make these moves much like players have to do the same thing. I have to go out and perform. The bottom line is to help the team win.”

Though his numbers dipped from his first season with the Bears to his second, Dane Sanzenbacher says he became a better receiver, reports Steve Junga of the Toledo Blade. Sanzenbacher was traded to the Bengals last December and now he's one of 10 receivers vying for six jobs. Sanzenbacher: "I’m getting a fresh start in Cincinnati. You carry over the confidence you’ve gained, and all the little things you’ve learned. It’s my third year, and I think it’s a good time for me to progress. I think it’s really going to be a good situation for me."

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com points out five statistical areas in which the Bengals must improve in order to "put them over the top" this season.

Cleveland Browns

Scott Entsminger didn't get the six Browns pall bearers he requested for his funeral, but the team did send representatives to his memorial service Tuesday and presented his family with a customized jersey, reports NFL.com's Kevin Patra.

Paul Warfield comes in at No. 19 on The Plain Dealer's list of the top 100 Browns of all time.

Spencer Lanning has a few things going in his favor in the competition to replace punter Reggie Hodges, writes Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Fullback Will Johnson gives fans a look into his life off the field in a video from Steelers.com.

Pennlive.com's Dustin Hockensmith has a training camp preview of the linebackers, including a breakdown of the projected starters, key reserves, new faces to watch and key losses.

With several key players aging, the window for the Steelers to contend for a Super Bowl is closing, writes Gil Brandt of NFL.com.

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