Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown wanted to do another Hard Knocks training camp series with HBO because he said he thinks it will change his franchise’s image as a place where troubled players are welcomed.
Things are much different now, Brown said yesterday at the team’s annual preseason luncheon.
“We have a different team now than we had a few years ago,” Brown said. “We want the public to see them. We think they’re good people. We think the public will be taken by them, will like them. It gives us a boost.”
When the Bengals agreed to do Hard Knocks for the first time in 2009, Brown hoped that troubled receiver Chris Henry — arrested five times — would get a lot of air time so fans could see beyond his criminal record. Then, Brown had a reputation for drafting and signing troubled players. Ten Bengals players had been arrested during a 14-month span. The club has been more careful in the past few years. The only current player on a court docket is cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, scheduled for trial on Aug. 19 on an assault charge.
At one point during the run of arrests, Brown referred to himself as a “redeemer.” He said he’s now taking an approach more like his father, franchise founder Paul Brown, who didn’t put up with bad conduct.
“The thing I do regret is how it came to make us, or put on us an image that I don’t think was ever anything but a very small part of what we were and sometimes not a part at all,” Brown said. “ In recent years, I’ve tried to go the other way. I’ve just thought it’s too heavy a price to pay and we were going to go back to square one and bring in here guys that were sound people.”
Browns, guard Greco agree to five-year deal
The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms with guard John Greco on a five-year contract.
Greco started a career-high 10 games last season for Cleveland, filling in at left guard after Jason Pinkston was hospitalized because of blood clots in his lungs. Greco did not miss an offensive snap over his first nine starts.
Bills release Anderson after just one year
The Buffalo Bills parted ways with defensive lineman Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal with the team.
Touted as a high-profile signing after a 10-sack performance with New England in 2011, Anderson signed a four-year, $21 million contract with Buffalo in 2012.
But he struggled with injuries for the Bills last season, which led to his release. He made just five appearances, registering 12 tackles and one sack.
The New York Jets agreed to terms on a one-year deal with kicker Billy Cundiff, who will compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp. ... The Oakland Raiders signed quarterback Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick from Arkansas, to a contract. ... The Denver Broncos are saving $3.5 million with the release of linebacker Joe Mays, who lost his starting job and then suffered a broken left leg last season. ... The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year contract.