NEW YORK Mark Sanchez suggests the media frenzy that accompanied Tim Tebow’s presence with the New York Jets was partly fueled by the team itself.
The Jets quarterback says in an interview with FOX Sports Radio in Los Angeles that the media coverage during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., last summer was more intense than usual – including ESPN camping out for a week – because of Tebow’s popularity.
“I just don’t know if it was the best situation for either of us,” Sanchez told the “Petros & Money Show” on Wednesday. He adds that “ESPN didn’t necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp. They had to get permission to go.”
Sanchez says the distractions could have been avoided, “but he’s a popular guy and people gravitate toward the guy.”
Around the league
Cleveland: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family’s business – and NFL team – amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company.
Haslam said Friday he has no plans to step aside as president of Pilot Flying J despite federal authorities alleging he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain. According to court documents, sales team members said Haslam was aware that employees withheld diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost the company’s profits and sales commissions.
Cincinnati: Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison is headed down the Ohio River to continue his career, agreeing to a two-year deal with the AFC North-rival Bengals.
It won’t be long before he gets his first chance to show Pittsburgh what it’s missing.
The Bengals play their first home game next season on Monday night, Sept. 16 against the Steelers, the team they knocked out of playoff competition last year. Harrison, who turns 35 in May, got used to making deep runs in the playoffs with Pittsburgh.
Now, he’s going to get a chance to try to get the Bengals their first playoff victory since 1990. Cincinnati has made the playoffs each of the last two seasons as a wild card team, losing to Houston in the first round both times.
Agent Bill Parise said Harrison has passed a physical and all details of a two-year deal had been worked out on Friday evening. The Bengals didn’t confirm the deal because it hadn’t been signed.
Harrison tweeted: “Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!”
Harrison, a former Defensive Player of the Year, was a casualty of Pittsburgh’s move to get under the salary cap. The Steelers and Parise negotiated but couldn’t reach a deal on a reworked contract. Harrison was entering the final two year of a $51 million extension signed in 2009.
Kansas City: The Chiefs have had ongoing discussions with Branden Albert while also giving the Miami Dolphins permission to speak with representatives of the left tackle.
General manager John Dorsey said the Chiefs haven’t talked to the Dolphins the last couple days, and he has not given the Dolphins permission to do any medical examinations on Albert that would indicate a trade is imminent.
The Chiefs are reportedly seeking a second-round pick for Albert, who received the franchise tag from the team and has already signed a contract that will pay him about $9.3 million.
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