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Northern Territory: Jabrill Peppers still hasn't signed with the Browns

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Behind the Steel Curtain - Pittsburgh Steelers

Who Steelers fans are most excited to see on the field in 2017

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are many options in regards to who fans are excited to see in the black and gold in 2017. It could be a free agent acquisition, a 2017 NFL Draft pick or even a returning player, and this is not an easy decision when picking just one player to be “the guy” who fans are extremely pumped to see this year.

In fact, I took to our official Twitter feed (@btsteelcurtain) to ask fans who they were most excited to see next season. Check out the results of the poll which ran for 24 hours, and had over 700 votes.

Cincy Jungle - Cincinnati Bengals

Rookie lineman J.J. Dielman ready to help Bengals achieve “ultimate goal”

“Going into the day I really had no idea what was going to happen,” Dielman said in an exclusive interview with Cincy Jungle. “During the process, you get phone calls and text messages and things like that and I hadn’t received a lot from them. But I got a phone call from a random number in Ohio. My first thought wasn’t the Bengals, it was ‘who’s calling me from Cincinnati.’”

Once he answered the phone, he realized it was the moment he’d been waiting for his whole life.

“I got up, answered it, and the rest of the day was really good. I was with my mom, dad, sister and a couple of cousins, and all my best friends,” Dielman recalled.

Dawgs by Nature - Cleveland Browns

Making sense of Jabrill Peppers’ contract status

Only two non top-10 players taken in the first round of the 2017 draft are unsigned with training camps opening at the end of July. One of those is Cleveland Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, who was selected with the 25th-overall pick.

Initially, it was reported that Peppers’ current holdout was the result of a dispute over offset language, with Peppers’ camp (represented by agent Todd France, who also oversees Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, he of the protracted contract stare-down a year ago) wanting none included. Offset language is a way that teams can prevent first-round draft picks from double-dipping on their rookie deal.


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