• A capped Steelers team has found a way to secure another veteran defensive player, signing linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a six-year deal worth $50 million. Timmons’ extension comes after the Steelers reached an agreement with LaMarr Woodley at the beginning of training camp, and retained unrestricted free agent Ike Taylor.
  • Troy Polamalu is now the only major defensive player who isn’t signed to a long-term deal in Pittsburgh, meaning a lot has changed for a Steelers front office that once struggled to retain the players it developed.
  • Terrell Thomas‘ injury with 22 seconds left in the first half of a preseason game last night is another reason why having four meaningless games in August is incredibly stupid.
  • Giants fans immediately began wondering why Thomas was in the game at that time along with the rest of the first team defence. Head coach Tom Coughlin said he wanted 25-30 snaps for the first team, and the imaginary counter was right around there when Thomas crumbled for the season.
  • Kenny Britt meets with Roger Goodell today to face the music for his offseason of idiocy. Music City Miracles hopes the work stoppage blocks Goodell from taking action, because Britt’s absence combined with Chris Johnson‘s continued holdout could be devastating.
  • Gerry Callahan of the Boston Herald is well aware of Bill Belichick‘s habit of signing players with a checkered past. The problem, he writes, is that Albert Haynesworth is much different than Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. There’s little evidence that he actually likes to play football.
  • With Tim Tebow now firmly in the basement of Denver’s quarterback depth chart, loose speculation about his release has inevitably surfaced. While cutting Tebow still seems a little premature, his descent to a rung below Brady Quinn has prompted fans with desperate quarterback situations elsewhere to dream big dreams.
  • The Raiders and their ludicrous signing of Terrelle Pryor naturally received all the attention during Monday’s supplemental draft. But the Ravens also signed an undrafted player with raw talent and a high upside, and his name is Michael McAdoo.
  • The Colts’ play-calling during preseason games leads to the rather convincing conclusion that they firmly believe Peyton Manning will be just fine for Week 1.
  • Pewter Plank breaks down every sack against the Bucs during last Thursday’s loss to New England, revealing some crucial blocking breakdowns.