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First Call: Contract terms reported for new Steeler Larry Ogunjobi; update on Deshaun Watson situation in Cleveland

Friday’s “First Call” looks at Larry Ogunjobi’s contract. We honor the passing of an NFL Hall of Famer. Jameson Taillon may be losing a little mojo in New York. And we have the latest news on the Deshaun Watson front in Cleveland.


Learning about Larry’s money

Terms of Larry Ogunjobi’s contract with the Steelers have become public.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the newly acquired defensive lineman is getting a one-year deal worth up to $8 million including incentives.

He had originally signed a three-year $40 million deal with the Chicago Bears early in free agency, but it was voided because of Ogunjobi’s lingering foot injury.

The Steelers had roughly $23 million available in cap space prior to the signing. They still could be looking to find a backup running back and a veteran outside linebacker.


No Watson resolution

So much for the idea of ​​a negotiated resolution to the Deshaun Watson case.

There had been some rumbling that the NFL, the players association and Watson’s side were working toward a negotiated settlement for a punishment the wake of the 24 civil suits against him alleging sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and assault. But according to CBS Sports Josina Anderson, those talks have since fallen apart.

“I’m told there’ve been recent attempts by the NFL, the NFLPA & Deshaun Watson’s advisors to negotiate a discipline settlement,” Anderson tweeted. “However talks involving a potential number of games missed ‘fell apart’ not being on the same page. As of now, process moves forward, per league sources.”

Watson has publicly maintained his innocence. He has recently settled 20 of the cases. The NFL has said that the settlements wouldn’t be a factor in the league’s investigation into Watson. The Cleveland Browns quarterback could be punished under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.


Taillon touched up

Former Pirate Jameson Taillon appears to be coming back to earth with the New York Yankees, but he still can’t lose.

Taillon yielded six earned runs and 10 hits in 5 ⅔ innings against the Houston Astros. But the Yankees still managed to win 7-6 with four runs in the bottom of the ninth.

That was New York’s ninth walk-off win of the year. They are now 52-18, by far the best record of the year in Major League Baseball.

Taillon remains 8-1 on the year, but his ERA jumped from 2.49 at the end of May to 3.19 after his outing against Houston.


Remembering a legend

Just a day after losing former Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson and former Raven and Colt Tony Siragusa, an NFL Hall of Famer has died.

Hugh McElhenny died at the age of 93. The running back was a star for the 49ers in the 1950s. By the time he retired, McElhenny was one of three players to have gained more than 11,000 all-purpose yards. Over 13 seasons in the NFL, he rushed for 5,281 yards and 38 touchdowns and had 3,247 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns.

McElhenny made two All-Pro teams, six Pro Bowls and the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1950s.

After playing out his career with the Vikings, Giants and Lions, McElhenny was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970 and the College Football Hall of Fame (University of Washington) in 1981. After retiring, he served as a commentator on 49ers radio broadcasts.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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