Aaron Donald is opting out for the start of the offseason.
According to NFL Media, the Rams defensive tackle intends to skip the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program amid growing frustrations involving his contract.
Arizona lucks into Fitzpatrick at No. 15 overall, and he can be their immediate Tyrann Mathieu replacement with even more capability as a cornerback. If the pick is not Fitzpatrick, the Cardinals could use defensive line help.
In Ozzie Newsome’s last draft as Ravens GM, it would be fitting for him to select one last Alabama player in Round 1. Ridley is the draft’s best receiver, and he can be paired with Michael Crabtree to finally give Joe Flacco some capable weapons.
In addition, the Steelers get the Patriots at home in a rematch of last year’s controversial finish at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh also faces the AFC West and NFC South. Le’veon Bell’s contract status might become a more urgent talking point once the dates on the Steelers’ tough schedule draw closer.
Below is a breakdown of the Steelers’ schedule in 2018. Pittsburgh’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be posted after it is made available by the NFL.
Toughest tests: You know the drill by now. There will be a lot on the line in the Steelers’ home game against the Patriots, and Pittsburgh has lost the last five meetings to New England since 2013. Last year’s controversial finish aside, this has been the toughest test for most of the decade. A trip to New Orleans will be a battle of Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees, and a trip to the Black Hole to face Jon Gruden and the Raiders could rekindle that classic rivalry.