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Browns’ Joe Thomas Likely Announcing Retirement Today

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While the Cleveland Browns have made some major moves in the trade and free agent markets to overhaul their roster for what should be an interesting 2018 season, longtime left tackle Joe Thomas will not be a part of the team.

Thomas, 33, is likely announcing his retirement on Wednesday, according the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

“From the moment I was drafted, the city embraced me in a way that I could never fully describe,” Thomas said. “I am proud to call Cleveland home. The loyalty and passion of the fans is unmatched and it was an honor to play in front of them from the past 11 years. I would like to thank all of the coaches, teammates, staff, fans and everyone who has shown me support throughout my career. Even though I will be hanging up my cleats, I will always be a Cleveland Brown.”

“I think the future is really bright,” he said recently. “Obviously, John Dorsey came here for a reason because there was a ton of cap space, a ton of money that you can spend under the salary cap on new players, and obviously the draft picks that we have are pretty impressive, really unprecedented to have the first, the fourth [overall selections] and a couple early picks in the second round. So although the talent hasn’t been there for the team the last few years, the cupboards are not bare because of what we have coming down the pike in the next few years. For me as a player and for you guys as fans, it’s a great time to be a Cleveland Brown.”

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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Talks Getting Back to ‘Normal’ Following Drama-Filled Offseason

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is opening up to the media about getting “back to normal” following what he calls a “crazy” past few years.

“It’s been a little crazy the last few years,” said Roethlisberger, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “Maybe moreso than usual that we’re used to dealing with, so to kind of get back to quote, unquote normalcy is kind of nice.”

Despite the losses of big talent such as Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the future Hall of Famer is confident about this year’s team.

“I really am excited about what we have,” Roethlisberger said. “We put a lot of work in, and that’s what it’s gonna take. It’s gonna take a team effort, and we’re all gonna give everything we have and see where it goes. We can’t predict the future, but we can predict we’re gonna give everything we have.”

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Ravens’ Michael Pierce Explains Being Pulled from Minicamp

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Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Michael Pierce made some headlines when he was pulled from minicamp by head coach John Harbaugh for “a safety standpoint and for his own health.”

Now, Pierce is talking to the media to explain what exactly went down, and taking blame for it as well.

“Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said, during an appearance on WNSP-FM radio in Alabama (h/t ESPN’s Jamison Hensley). “Being a noseguard, I want to be strong or whatnot. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

Pierce came into camp over 340 pounds, missed the Ravens’ offseason conditioning program and did not participate in voluntary workouts.

“Out of respect for Coach Harbaugh, he’s been nothing but a fair guy, he just wanted me to get in with the strength and conditioning staff and do more running before camp comes,” Pierce said.

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Chargers’ Mike Williams Looking to Make Impact in 2019

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is looking to the 2019 season as his time to breakout.

Williams cites being more comfortable, and confident, as he heads into the 3rd season in the offense, as reasons why he believes he will take on a bigger role, while being more productive, in the Chargers’ offense this upcoming season.

“Well, this is my third year going into the offense,” said Williams, according to Ricky Henne of the Chargers’ team website.  “I’m a lot more confident coming out here and playing. My role is going to expand with Tyrell (Williams) leaving (to the Raiders). I’m looking forward to that. I’m ready to make some plays this upcoming season.”

The Chargers, and Williams, are hoping that he can step up in fill the void left by the departure of Williams.

“We lost a big weapon in Tyrell (so) a lot of people in the room have to step up,” Williams said. “I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that… I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I’m going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way. I’m looking forward to it.”

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