NFL notebook: Bears sign Pro Bowl receiver Marshall to 3-year deal
The Steelers agreed to terms Monday with two draft picks.
Their sixth-round selection, nose tackle Daniel McCullers (Tennessee), and seventh-round pick Rob Branchflower (Massachusetts), a tight end, became the first of the team's nine draft picks to sign their rookie contracts.
The deals, however, won't be official for another two weeks, when the Steelers will gain around $8 million in cap space because of the June 1 designation of LaMarr Woodley's release in March. According to the NFLPA, the Steelers are only $293,437 under the NFL's $133 million salary cap.
With the slotting of draft picks determining rookie salaries, Blanchflower's deal is worth approximately $2.279 million for four years, with a $59,000 signing bonus.
McCullers' deal is worth slightly more. He will earn $2.298 million over four years, with a signing bonus of $78,000.
McCullers (6-foot-7, 352 pounds), who was the 215th overall pick, started 19-of-22 games and recorded 72 tackles (41 solo) during his two years at Tennessee.
Blanchflower (6-4, 256), who was the 230th overall selection, started 27-of-38 games and recorded 109 receptions for 1,164 yards and nine touchdowns.
Marshall gets new deal
The Bears and Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
Marshall announced on Twitter that the extension is worth $30 million and that he's donating $1 million to the “mental health community.” He signed the deal during an appearance on ABC's “The View” talk show.
In 2011, Marshall disclosed that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall has a history of off-field problems, but the Bears have had no complaints.
In two seasons in Chicago, Marshall has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice and ranked second in the NFL during that time in receptions (218), fourth in receiving yards (2,803), fifth in touchdown receptions (23) and tied for second in 100-yard receiving games (13).
Browns count on Gordon
The Browns are expecting Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon to practice this week as he awaits a possible suspension.
Gordon reportedly failed another drug test and is facing a one-year ban. Gordon led the NFL in yards receiving last season despite being suspended two games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. ESPN reported that Gordon tested positive for marijuana.
Raiders claim WR Little
The Raiders claimed wide receiver Greg Little off waivers from the Browns.
Little played 48 games and started 41 in three seasons with Cleveland after being drafted in the second round out of North Carolina in 2011. He has 155 career catches for 1,821 yards and eight touchdowns.
Last season, Little caught 41 passes for 465 yards and two scores.
Titan's legal woes
A judge has delayed the arraignment of Titans' first-round draft pick Taylor Lewan in a Michigan assault case. The judge granted a request by Lewan's attorneys for more investigation. The new date is June 16.
The former Michigan offensive tackle missed offseason camp in Tennessee to be in Ann Arbor District Court on Monday. The 6-foot7, 309-pound Lewan was charged after a confrontation with two Ohio State fans after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines last fall.
Vikings sign Pitt LB
Former Pitt and Thomas Jefferson standout Dom DeCicco, a linebacker, signed with the Vikings. An undrafted free agent out of Pitt in 2011, DeCicco has also played with the Bears and the Buccaneers.
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