Roethlisberger has been with the Steelers, who took him with the 11th pick in the 2004 draft

“It doesn’t change our planning,” Colbert continued. “When we scout in the fall, we scout every position. Even when Ben was a young player, we still evaluated the quarterback class, because how the quarterbacks stack up (in the draft) is going to affect how the tackles stack up and how the receivers stack up. We always evaluate every position, and if Ben would decide to retire we would be prepared then to move accordingly. I hope we don’t get to that situation for a few more years.

“I’m working under the assumption that until he says he’s retired officially, then he’s not. If he decides to (retire), then we’ll act accordingly, but in the meantime we’re not going to get out of sorts with potential retirements… I’m hopeful and confident Ben will be back.”

Ben Roethlisberger has been with the Steelers, who took him with the 11th pick in the 2004 draft, his entire 13-year career. He figures to retire as a member of the Steelers, which is also how Colbert wants Bell to end his career.

The two sides have to work out a long-term deal and the Steelers could place the franchise tag on Bell by March 1 to prevent him from becoming a free agent on March 9. Bell was a second-round pick of the Steelers in 2013 and has rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns despite missing 14 games because of injuries and suspensions.

Things went poorly with that, to put it mildly. Hey, if they hadn’t, the Chiefs would be dealing with someone else’s long-term negotiations, instead of with their single best defensive player and, if not the very best in the league at his position, one of the top three.

By rule, a player can be tagged three straight times. No team has been crazy enough to try it. There’s no reason to think it will happen with Berry. But that’s always hanging out there, right over the head of a key player in the middle of his prime reaching a career crossroads. texans_025

A longtime NFL receivers coach explains what teams want to see at the NFL Combine

Every NFL team would love to have a receiver who is big, fast and strong.

With the NFL Combine this week, longtime NFL coach Jerry Sullivan offered some insight while explaining to Omnisport other things teams hope to see in the 58 wideouts on the field Saturday in Indianapolis.

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The 49ers were patient and went in a unexpected direction with Lynch, but the move, wisely, was made to guarantee Shanahan also would be on board. They are not yet officially co-workers in San Francisco, and they already are a massive improvement over the dysfunction of Kelly and Trent Baalke.

While he waits for that coaching chapter to begin, Shanahanm who gives the Falcons more than a fighter’s chance against the Patriots, has a good chance to get there with a ring.

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Well, not always always. The city, of course, does have one championship among the major sports, which is why members of the 1995 Braves can eat free anywhere in the Atlanta region in perpetuity. Still, 1995 was a long time ago. A distant memory for older fans, and not a memory at all for younger ones. In some ways, it’s like it never even happened. So, in a sense, yes: always.

Super Bowl 51 commercials: The good, the (mostly) bad and the funny

Super Bowl advertising is expensive. The New York Times reports Super Bowl advertisers paid more than $5 million for a 30-second spot.

To get their money’s worth, many companies released their commercials early, hoping to get a head start on Sunday’s big game.
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Here are some of the best commercials and teasers that were released before Feb. 5, along with others we saw during the game.

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I was in Orlando last week working with five members of our rookie class, including a sure first-rounder, who are doing their draft training and prep work at Tom Shaw’s Performance Enhancement Center. I gave our players 20 point tip sheets on things such as clothing to wear, eye contact, posture, speaking loudly and confidently and avoiding phrases such as you know and like.

Today’s negotiations with franchise-tagged players (or those with the threat of being tagged) are similar to the pre-free agency negotiations with star players. The team holds the leverage.

Such players basically are left with no alternatives but to hold out, as Berry did throughout the offseason program and into training camp last year after the deadline came and went without a long-term deal. He finally signed his franchise tender and reported Aug. 29 so he would receive his entire $10.8 million salary with no fines. He’s threatening to take a different course of action this year.

Wily Peralta promptly served up two more runs in the 10th inning to hand the Brewers their fifth straight loss.

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His stuff is elite, teammate Matt Holliday told the New York Post after the victory over the O’s.

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The Brewers bullpen: With a 2-1 run lead entering the ninth inning, it appeared Milwaukee was going to end its four-game losing streak. However, closer Corey Knebel offered up a solo home run to Chris Iannetta to ultimately force extra innings.

Wily Peralta promptly served up two more runs in the 10th inning to hand the Brewers their fifth straight loss.

It was a decision experts hated.

“Either the Bears know something no one else in the league knows, or that draft just got a lot of people fired only they don’t know it yet,” an unnamed NFL team executive told CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora.

While the Bears were reaching for Trubisky, the Browns were drafting wisely. They selected Myles Garrett first overall and traded back from No. 12 to rack up more draft capital. After years of being the NFL’s easiest punchline, the Browns appear to be on the upswing, avoiding the mistakes that have led to years of futility and investing in players who can help the team get better. But the trajectory the Bears are on makes it seem like they’re on their way to becoming the new Browns.

The Bengals, Rams, Raiders, Colts, Titans, Seahawks, Dolphins, Eagles, Panthers, and Browns each had only one fan who said they’d worn a jersey to religious ceremony, leaving us insufficient data to make any broad conclusions about these fan bases. This also exposed a flaw in my methodology — it doesn’t account for members of the Black Hole.

That’s less than 2 percent of all regular season games over the last five years that have seen more than 10 minutes of overtime.

More importantly, the proposal ignores the real problem here, which is the turnaround time for teams scheduled to play on Thursday nights. An additional 10 or 15 minutes of overtime is much less of a pressing concern than the fact that Thursday night games give players inadequate time — three days! — for rest and recovery.yankees_1613_f5ca8e32e5dc17f6-180x180

Kyle Williams will benefit from the new scheme

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A 4-3 defense puts pressure on this unit to, well, generate pressure. Specifically, pass-rush production from ends Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson will be critical for Buffalo’s defense in 2017, and there isn’t much depth behind them.

While the scheme puts more pressure on ends against both the run and pass, it takes some away from a guy like Marcell Dareus. The former All-Pro needs to regain that form, as suspensions and insufficient play in Ryan’s 3-4 have him on the bubble in Buffalo.

Kyle Williams will benefit from the new scheme, too, but he’s 33 and will be part of a rotation with Adolphus Washington and Jerel Worthy.
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The strength of Chicago’s inside linebacker unit largely depends on the health of Danny Trevathan, who’s coming off a nasty injury and might not be ready for training camp. Jerrell Freeman, meanwhile, is the best linebacker in the NFL if you ask Pro Football Focus. The Bears’ leading tackler from last season will be key again patrolling the middle of the field, assuming he can avoid another PED suspension.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

This year, five clubs will hold voluntary veteran minicamps.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.

Bruce Arians, who coached a 6-6 tie in 2016, loves the NFL’s new OT rule

The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks played 15 minutes of overtime in October, but couldn’t break their 6-6 tie. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians would’ve preferred if it took 10 minutes to reach that conclusion.

Arians told reporters Wednesday that he’s happy with a new rule change that seeks to cut down on wear and tear by trimming five minutes from overtime periods.

The concern for the New England Patriots will be if the famous Madden curse claims another victim. Tight end Rob Gronkowski graced the cover a season ago, but he played in just eight games and watched Super Bowl 51 from the sideline after back surgery landed him on injured reserve.

Tom Brady’s so convinced he’s not going to be cursed by the Madden cover that he’s smashing mirrors and walking under ladders.

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The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me, said Brady. Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!

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Fred Lynn might’ve been a Hall of Famer if he’d stayed healthy — or in Boston

In January 1981, the Boston Red Sox traded Fred Lynn to the California Angels.

Lynn, who went to high school near Los Angeles and played college baseball for the University of Southern California, should seemingly have had cause to celebrate coming home. He did not.

I was really not happy about it, to be honest with you, Lynn told Sporting News this week.
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And for good reason. In the friendly confines of Fenway Park, long known to favor hitters, Lynn had a slash of .308/.383/.520, averaging 24 home runs and 102 RBIs per 162 games. His 141 OPS+ means he likely would have thrived anywhere in those years, though his raw stats would probably have been lower in another ballpark.

He could have found few worse new homes than Anaheim Stadium, though. In fact, along with injury problems in the second half of his career, it might have helped kill his Hall of Fame chances.

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As baseball fans, we should want to meet up with our co-workers at the water cooler on Monday morning to talk about the Sunday night game. We should want to discuss games with new fans. We should want to take our kids and friends to the game and be entertained by the whole shebang, not just two squads of Blade Runner replicants on the field. But most of all, as baseball fans, we should want the continued growth, expansion and engagement of the game.

The quarterbacks who did go ahead of him ended up being no surprise

The chances of Kelly being drafted were extremely slim by the time the big moment arrived if you consider the bar incident, two torn ACLs, his nomadic college career and a pro day that had to be cut short because of a wrist injury that required surgery

The quarterbacks who did go ahead of him ended up being no surprise, with the mild exception of Iowa’s C.J. Beathard. Kelly being snapped up when he was, then, and by whom, was the biggest surprise.

If he makes the roster, Kelly will likely get a year to redshirt, heal everything and absorbing some wisdom from the Broncos’ legend and team president. Eventually, though, the best-case scenario is that he’ll be on deck if either Trevor Siemien or Paxton Lynch, or both, stall in their own progress next season.

But there are a lot of high-profile situations Kelly will have to navigate before that. And, again, that hasn’t been what he does best.

Three home games is the good news, but late-season trips to Minnesota and Baltimore aren’t exactly easy. The second prime-time game against the Steelers will be heated as usual, but this AFC North and NFC North tour is something Cincinnati could negotiate if they are still in the hunt. Keep in mind Lewis is 10-2 against the NFC North. That’s a good sign with the late-season games against the Bears, Vikings and Lions.

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Jay Cutler explains why he left NFL to join Fox Sports as announcer

On Thursday there were reports Jay Cutler was interested in a broadcasting career, and less than 24 hours later he was hired by Fox Sports.

Cutler confirmed the news with a statement released to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

“I don’t know if retirement is the right word; I don’t feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL. You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what’s required to keep going. I’m in between those situations at this point in my life,” Cutler said, in part.

J.J. Watt, the NFL’s two-time Defensive Player of the Year, has praised his younger brother, saying he can be a better NFL player than he has been. He tweeted shortly after the pick was made circling this season’s scheduled Christmas Day clash between the Texans and Steelers on the Watt family calendar.

T.J. Watt is a 6-4, 252-pound outside linebacker who was a second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection last season with 63 tackles, 15 1/2 for loss, and 11 1/2 sacks while helping Wisconsin win the Cotton Bowl.

Though just one season of high productivity at Wisconsin after he fought through injuries early in his career, the Steelers hope Watt can fulfill his tremendous potential. He was a combine all-star, ranking near the top among outside linebackers in nearly every category.

“He shows twitch, toughness, and quickness. He’s got some length,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said of Watt. “He’s obviously got some bloodlines which are legit. He plays really hard… T.J. Watt can play.”nike_steelers_2261