Update: NFL.com reports that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not attend the teams workouts on Monday.
Fantasy Impact: The workouts are not mandatory and concentrate more on weightlifting and getting back into football shape. Roethlisberger's return to the team has likely been delayed due to the ongoing investigation into an assault charge brought against him.
Update: ESPN is reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't report to the Steelers' offseason training program Monday. Roethlisberger would be nothing but a distraction as he continues to deal with sexual assault allegations.
Fantasy Impact: This is not a shock at all. The team probably had something to say about this, and decided it was best for him to be a no show.
Update: According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed linebacker Patrick Bailey to a one-year deal. Terms of the deal were not released.
Fantasy Impact: Bailey makes his impact on special teams.
Update: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette speculates that Ben Roethlisberger could be at risk of a lengthy suspension if he happens to be charged with sexual assault.
Fantasy Impact: The suspension would only be likely should he be formally charged. Roger Goodell will not take action against him without formal charges, although authorities are still investigating the March 12th incident.
Update: The Pittsburgh Tribune Review is reporting that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not in attendance as the team opened their offseason conditioning program on Monday. Roethlisberger is facing sexual assault allegations in Georgia. This is a not a shock that he was absent.
Fantasy Impact: Big Ben is going to be the starting quarterback in Pittsburgh this year, but it is uncertain as to when he is actually going to report to the team.
Update: Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed unrestricted free-agent WR Antwaan Randle El (Redskins) to a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Impact: Randle El was dropped earlier by Washington after struggling through a few seasons with the team, he received a lot of interest from multiple clubs but has decided to return to the team that drafted him and where he won a Superbowl.
Sunday, March 7
Browns signed T Tony Pashos (49ers) to three-year, $10.3 million contract.
Browns signed LB Scott Fujita (Saints) to a three-year, $14 million contract.
Jaguars signed DE Aaron Kampman (Packers) to a four-year, $26 million contract, including $11 million guaranteed.
Saturday, March 6
Dolphins signed LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) to a five-year, $43 million contract, including $22 million guaranteed.
Dolphins re-signed QB Chad Pennington to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Update: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Pittsburgh Steelers' K Jeff Reed will have six weeks to complete 40 hours of community service before he appears again before District Judge Richard King. "He put his nose in where it didn't belong. For someone of his means, a fine means nothing. His time is much more valuable," said King. King dropped the charges of simple assault and resisting arrest and said he would consider doing the same with the disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges.
Update: According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed a franchise tag on K Jeff Reed. At the minimum, it would provide the Steelers with two first-round draft choices in return if he signs elsewhere. "Our goal is to lock Jeff up long-term and have him finish his career with the Steelers," Colbert said. "He's aware when the process gets to this point, we all need to buy some time. As long as players and agents are willing to stay with the team, and the team wants you, you're going to get a deal done.
Update: According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed NT Casey Hampton to a three-year contract agreement worth $21.3 million this morning. The deal includes a signing bonus of $6.5 million. The deal comes before today's 4 p.m. deadline in which the Steelers planned to make Hampton their franchise player. "It was very important for our organization to have a player of Casey's caliber signed for what we hope is the rest of his career," director of football operations Kevin Colbert said today at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.