Around the AFC central

April 25, 2000|By Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

First minicamp: Friday through Monday

Free-agent gains: Tom Barndt, NT (Kansas City); Vaughn Booker, DE (Green Bay); Darryl Williams, S (Seattle); Scott Mitchell, QB (Ravens).

Free-agent losses: Jeff Blake, QB (New Orleans); Kimo von Oelhoffen, DT (Pittsburgh).

Impact draft selections: Peter Warrick, WR (Florida State); Mark Roman, CB (LSU); Ron Dugans, WR (Florida State).

Pressing question: If they cannot persuade holdout running back Corey Dillon to return, whom will they hand the ball off to?

Cleveland Browns

First minicamp: Friday through Sunday (rookies only)

Free-agent gains: Percy Ellsworth, FS (N.Y. Giants); Everett Lindsay, G (Ravens); Errict Rhett, RB (Ravens); Keith McKenzie, DE (Green Bay); Marty Moore, LB (New England); Roman Oben, T (N.Y. Giants); David Patten, WR (N.Y. Giants); Orpheus Roye, DE (Pittsburgh).

Free-agent losses: Jamie Martin, QB (Jacksonville); Ryan McNeil, CB (Dallas); John Thierry, LB (Green Bay).

Impact draft selections: Courtney Brown, DE (Penn State); Dennis Northcutt WR (Arizona); Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio).

Pressing question: Why did they virtually ignore an offensive line that allowed a franchise-record 56 sacks?

Jacksonville Jaguars

First minicamp: Last week

Free-agent gains: Jamie Martin. QB (Cleveland); Hardy Nickerson. LB (Tampa Bay).

Free-agent losses: Jay Fiedler, QB (Miami); James Stewart, RB (Detroit); Dave Thomas, CB (N.Y. Giants); Rich Tylski, G (Pittsburgh); Regan Upshaw, DE (Oakland).

Impact draft selection: R. Jay Soward, WR (USC).

Pressing question: When will someone inform the Jaguars that they need to fill the voids created by Stewart's departure and the suddenly thin offensive line?

Pittsburgh Steelers

First minicamp: Last week (rookies only)

Free-agent gains: Kent Graham, QB (N.Y. Giants); Tom Myslinski, G (Dallas); Kimo von Oelhoffen, DT (Cincinnati); Chris Sullivan, DE (New England); Rich Tylski, G (Jacksonville).

Free-agent losses: Carlos Emmons, LB (Philadelphia); Chris Oldham, DB (New Orleans); Orpheus Roye, DE (Cleveland); Mike Tomczak, QB (Detroit).

Impact draft selections: Plaxico Burress, WR (Michigan State); Marvel Smith, T (Arizona State).

Pressing question: How long before Graham is throwing passes to Kordell Stewart?

Tennessee Titans

First minicamp: June 6-9

Free-agent gains: Randall Godfrey, LB (Dallas); Fred Miller, T (St. Louis).

Free-agent losses: Anthony Dorsett, S (Oakland); Jon Runyah, T (Philadelphia); Jackie Harris, TE (Dallas).

Impact draft selections: Keith Bullock, LB (Syracuse); Erron Kinney, TE (Florida).

Pressing question: Is the Titans' foundation that sound that they could have the one of the quietest off-seasons in the league?

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