It's time for another NFL Round up as we have the Detroit Lions moving on from a top draft pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers extending a contract that's not Le'Veon Bell's, the Cincinnati Bengals getting some good news and the Houston Texans continuing to pull in the money for hurricane relief.
Starting off in the Motor City, as the Lions send their 1st round pick from 2015 to the San Francisco 49ers for a raft pick. Offensive guard Lake Tomlinson was expected to sure of the Lions' porous offensive front, but two years later he's headed for the bay area in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2019. This is all pending a physical of course. Tomlinson started 24 of 32 games, losing his job halfway through last season to Graham Glasgow only to get it back when Glasgow moved to center because of injuries. Word is that Tomlinson, once though to be the best lineman in the draft, never fit in with what the Lions were trying to do.
The Steelers, who expected Le'Veon Bell to report to the team tomorrow… after their last preseason game, failed to extended his contract and place a franchise tag on the team's top running back. Bell refused to sign the franchise tender and held out of camp. Well, the Steelers did sign an extension today… for general manager Kevin Colbert, the guy responsible for getting Bell under contract. Bell took to twitter to congratulate Colbert on his extension.
Well, the Bengals can't be happy that they're starting the season once again with linebacker Vontaze Burfict on suspension… but at least it's less than they originally expected. The NFL handed down a five game suspension at first for violation of a new tweak of a rule and a tweak of the number of games. But upon appeal the suspension was cut by two games, meaning that Burfict will only miss the first 3 games… the second time in his short NFL career that he will be serving a three-game suspension. He's also missed 19 games due to injuries.
Checking in with the J.J. Watt led charity drive for to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts shows that the initial of $200,000 is way eclipsed and they have taken in over $10 million dollars. Watt has adjusted up the goal multiple times but will now just leave it open to see how high it will go.
And within hours of being released by the Cleveland Browns, Joe Haden was signing a three-year deal to join the Steelers. The two-time pro bowl corner is geting $27 million with $7 million of it guaranteed… the same amount he would've made with the Browns. The 28-year old was highly sought after the moment his name hit the wires with names like the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts all believed to be interested. The Browns had tried to trade Haden but couldn't find anyone interested… funny how that worked.