John Dorsey has a message for his peers.
“Give me a call and see what’s up,” the Cleveland Browns‘ new general manager told the media at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Dorsey was referring to the first overall pick of the draft, which the Browns own. Though most do not feel the Browns are eager to trade the pick, Dorsey is willing to listen if anyone wants to make an offer.
“Why wouldn’t I?” he said.
The Browns traded down in the draft in 2014 and 2016, and with the quarterback position still not solved it’s believed the team will look at quarterbacks with the first pick.
It would be a surprise if the Browns trade the pick. The general thinking is the Browns will keep the pick and choose between USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
Dorsey may do just that — the Browns also own the fourth pick — but he’s also willing to listen if a team wants to discuss a trade.
“There’s a lot of things I can do with No. 1, and not just get a quarterback as well,” Dorsey said. “My door is wide open. If somebody wants to come up and talk to me about a trade, I’m willing to trade. But also I’m going to do what’s best for this organization, and I will do that.”
Dorsey said the Browns will meet with all the quarterbacks this week at the combine.
New Orleans Saints activate WR Tre’Quan Smith off injured reserve
METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints‘ receiving corps keeps getting healthier by the week.
Third-year receiver Tre’Quan Smith was activated off of injured reserve Saturday — a day before the Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a divisional-round playoff game — after fellow receivers Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris returned from IR last week. Smith missed the past three games with an ankle injury before returning to practice this week.
Smith caught a career-high 34 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games this season. But the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is equally valuable as one of New Orleans’ best downfield blockers in the run game.
The Saints also placed backup guard/center Will Clapp on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday after he learned of a positive test and missed practice on Friday. No other players were placed on the list Saturday after contract tracing.
The Saints elevated guard/center Cameron Tom and linebacker Chase Hansen from their practice squad to the active roster. They also re-signed emergency backup kicker Blair Walsh and long-snapper John Denney to their practice squad and released wide receiver Tommylee Lewis and defensive end Anthony Zettel.
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Pittsburgh Steelers expected to promote Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, source says
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers didn’t have to search far for their new offensive coordinator.
The team is expected to promote quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Known for his creativity in playcalling and design, Canada has been the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach for just one season, but he has plenty of experience on the collegiate level.
With Canada running the Panthers’ offense in 2016, Pitt led the nation in red zone touchdown percentage (82%) and scored at least 28 points in all 12 regular-season games.
He also previously worked with Steelers running backs coach Eddie Faulkner at NC State, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Canada had been a candidate for the Miami Dolphins‘ offensive coordinator opening. NFL Network first reported that the Steelers were turning to Canada to lead the offense.
Canada’s return could signal that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is returning for the 2021 season because the veteran would be familiar with the offense and coaching style — important factors in the final years of his career.
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